TALLAHASSEE -- Florida lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday where the Senate will debate redistricting and former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham will join environmentalists to discuss the future of the state’s water policy. Here are the top five things to watch:
Redistricting — The Senate will take up its proposed redistricting maps for the state Senate and Congress in the first of three days of scheduled floor debates. No amendments have been filed and lawmakers are expected to vote the measures out and send them to the House on Wednesday.
Water Supply — The Florida Everglades Foundation hosts its first Water Supply Summit, featuring panel discussions with Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, U.S. Department of Interior Ken Salazar and Everglades Foundation Chairman Paul Tudor Jones. Addressing the legislature’s Everglades Caucus as part of the two-day long summit will be former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham.
Internet Cafes — The House Business and Consumer Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on a bill aimed at closing the so-called Internet Cafes, which rely on a loophole in the state’s sweepstakes law to operate internet-based slot machines.
Insurance — The House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee will take up a series of bills related to the state’s property insurance market, including proposals to limit the exposure of Citizens Property Insurance.
Nursing Homes — The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill that sponsors say reduces duplicative nursing home regulations but opponents say weakens the state’s oversight of nursing homes.