5 things to watch at the Florida Legislature on Thursday

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on May 1, 2014 

From the Herald-Times Tallahassee Bureau:

With two days left in the session, House Speaker Will Weatherford has predicted it’s going to be a day of “hurry up and wait” as the final high-profile bills trickle through the House and Senate.

“We don’t have that many bills left in the last two days,’’ Weatherford told reporters Wednesday. “I think that’s a good thing.’’

However, the list of high-profile bills left unfinished remains long and any number of them could come up in either chamber. Here are five things to watch:

* A bill to tighten regulations on human trafficking (SB 1742) is taken up by the Florida Senate.

* A measure to legalize a limited strain of marijuana for medical purposes may come up in the House with Weatherford’s commitment that before session ends the bill, HB 783, “will come up and its’ going to get a great hearing in this chamber.’’

* Also awaiting House approval is SB 1666, reforming child welfare.

* The Senate’s Thursday calendar lists a bill, SB 742, to require greyhound tracks to report their injuries.

* Also awaiting Senate approval is: a bill to reform the state’s child welfare laws, another to expand the pool of students eligible for tax credit scholarships, and another to increase regulations on assisted living facilities.

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