Next week in the Florida legislature

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(7 Feb 2020) We're at Week 5 of the 2020 Florida legislative session, and some of the most politically explosive bills are coming up.
That includes a bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee that would force private employers to use a federal database called E-Verify to confirm the immigration status of workers.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has made the issue a priority, arguing that employers need to be sure that the people they hire aren't in Florida illegally.
Some key Republicans haven't been thrilled with it because the agriculture, tourism and construction industries think it's a bad idea.
By the way, Week 5 is the halfway point of the session, and it'll soon be crunch time. In fact, lawmakers are already crunching the numbers for a state budget.
The Senate wants to spend $92.8 billion. That's almost $1.5 billion more than what the governor is requesting.
The House is recommending slightly less than the governor's $91.4 billion spending plan.
Where all that money goes telegraphs what elected officials think are important.
And speaking of telegraph, this just in: Did you know that the era of the telegraph is over?
Florida lawmakers could soon make it official by ripping out an entire chapter in the state's law books devoted to the outdated technology.
What's the telegraph? Well, it relied on a series of beeps that ... oh, never mind. Back to your smartphones and Google it.
_ Immigration status of workers
_ State budget negotiations
_ End of the telegraph

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