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New Florida legislative session begins tomorrow
TALLAHASSEE -- Tomorrow the gavel will drop on Florida's annual legislative session
Sixty days of bills, meetings, and maybe some new laws await Florida legislators.
The 20-14 session is full of an array of topics, from marijuana to pensions, all on the table for lawmakers to consider.
The Senate's Democratic Caucus laid out its session priorities Monday with the state's budget being priority number one.
Dems will support a proposed rollback for 2009 tag fees, but slammed the "historic education budget" that Governor Rick Scott is touting.
Sen. Dwight Bullard/(D) Miami
"We have not gotten back to our historical highs of over $7,000 per student."
Medical marijuana will get high consideration from the House and Senate.
A constitutional amendment will be decided by voters in November. Something that some members of the legislature view as going too far.
Sen. Don Gaetz/(R) Niceville
"Those proponents have used children with seizures and dying patients as bait to get folks to vote for a far more permissive and, I think, ill-advised amendment."
The house bill introduced by his son, Matt Gaetz, would strictly legalize non-euphoric medical marijuana, the strain known as "Charlotte's Web," named after a girl in Colorado who suffers from seizures.
"We just want another option..."
Another topic that'll be under the microscope, gun laws.
Florida is considered a "gun-friendly state," and in this legislative session, bills to modify the state's "Stand Your Ground" law and another allowing warning shots will be considered.
In 2013 no major gun legislation was passed.
And then there's the topic of casino-style gambling.
A three bill package includes the creation of a gaming control commission, and would allow Las Vegas Style resort casinos that could offer Blackjack and other table games.
Governor Rick Scott will start session by giving his State of the State Address tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.