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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Day one of the 60-day session of the Florida Legislature is officially underway in the state’s capitol.
Opening up for the session was House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, the same day that Governor Rick Scott is expected to give his annual “State of the State” speech.
Over the next several weeks, legislators are expected to tackle a number of issues—including whether to authorize the creation of two mega casinos in South Florida.
The Legislature is also required to pass an annual budget. Scott has asked for legislators to approve nearly $700 million in tax cuts including a cut in cellphones and cable television taxes.
Lawmakers are also expected to deal with environmental spending, the state’s use of standardized testing and whether to change laws regulating the sale of beer and liquor.
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