With the official acknowledgement that the legislative session will be heading into overtime because of the stalemate over health care policy, the campaigning on the issue heats up Thursday. Meanwhile, the House meets in an all-day floor session while the Senate Appropriations Committee meets in a marathon hearing to take up 40 bills.
Here are five things to watch:
* Healthcare professionals from Jackson Health System, the Miami-based non-profit that serves the largest number of uninsured in the state will arrive in Tallahassee to make their case for Medicaid expansion. Press conference is at 12 p.m.
* The House takes up a host of bills, including final passage of the online voter registration bill (HB 7143) while the Senate Appropriations Committee takes up a similar bill (SB 228).
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*A bill (HB 641) to clarify the operation of amusement games will also get a vote in the full House and Senate committee. Designed to help businesses such as Dave & Buster's and Chuck E. Cheese's, which were snagged in the ban on Internet cafes two years ago, the measure (SB 268) clarifies that these games are not prohibited under the statewide ban.
* A bill (SB 288) intended to curb appearances of cozy ties between state regulators and electric utilities gets a vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee. A similar measure is awaiting a vote in the House (hb 7009) but faces more than two dozen amendments.
* The House is also expected to vote on a measure to clear the way for terminally ill patients in Florida to use experimental drugs, (HB 269.)