It is a day of firsts on Tuesday in the Florida Legislature. Here are five things to watch:
* For the first time in history, the Legislature will consider a bill to allow people to register to vote online, rather than in person or through the mail. The bill (SB 228) by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, will be discussed in the Senate Ethics & Elections Committee.
* The Florida House also will engage in a rare first: take up a bill to repeal a test, rather than impose a new one during a floor session of the Florida House, beginning in at 3 p.m. HB 7069 would eliminate the 11th-grade language arts test and allow school districts to start classes as early as Aug. 10 each year.
* The Florida Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a first vote on its plan, SB 7044, to expand health coverage to draw down federal health care money to provide private health insurance coverage. The proposal is aimed at providing coverage to an estimated 800,000 low-income Floridians who do not qualify for Medicaid. The meeting is at 2 p.m.
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* The House budget committees will publicly discuss their proposed budget plans for the first time during a series of meetings Tuesday.
*Former Sen. John Thrasher will serve in his first day as the official president of Florida State University. An investiture ceremony will be held for Thrasher, who began the job in November. Among the expected guests are Gov. Rick Scott, FSU Board of Trustees Chairman Allan Bense and state university system Chancellor Marshall Criser.