This is week three of the legislative session and it will be jam-packed and pivotal for a host of must-watch issues. The week begins with a bang with a rare full-schedule Monday. Here are five things to watch:
* The Department of Economic Opportunity's much maligned "Connect" unemployment-compensation program will present an update to the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee after a state audit blasted them for failing to properly protect and secure the social security data and IDs of the unemployed.
* The beer debate rears its head in the Senate Committee committee which will vote on SB 186 by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, that would end the state's ban on selling beer in 64-ounce containers known as "growlers."
* As the House and Senate appear to be in a stand-off on the budget, a proposal by Gov. Rick Scott that comes with a big price tag -- a plan to lower the communications services tax -- gets a hearing in the Senate Finance and Tax Committee. The proposal by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, (SB 110) would lower the tax by 3.6 percentage points and cost the state $470 million a year saving the average family about $43 a year.
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* A controversial bill (SB 176) to allow students who are old enough to carry a concealed weapon -- those 21 and older -- to bring their gun on campus gets a hearing in the Senate Higher Education Committee.
* Meanwhile, the scheduled testimony of Department of Corrections officials at a Senate Criminal Justice Committee has been postponed for Monday and the committee will hear a series of bills.