Capitol preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics

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Lawmakers return to Tallahassee this week and things start to heat up with several bills starting to move through committees, though many of the biggest, most controversial measures are yet to get committee assignments. Still, substantive pieces of legislation begin to get hearings, from an effort to require car booster seats for children, to a school prayer measure, to a bill dealing with accountability for those who educate children in juvenile lockups.

A round-up from The News Service of Florida.

MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011

LIST OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SET: Monday is the deadline for major political parties to submit the list of presidential candidates to the secretary of state for the Presidential Preference Primary ballot.

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

STATE SENATE REDISTRICTING: The House subcommittee looking at ways to redraw state Senate boundaries will meet to look at redistricting data and website updates. (Tuesday, 8 a.m., 404 House Office Building, The Capitol.)

WATER CHOICES CONFERENCE AT USF: The University of South Florida’s Patel School of Global Sustainability and the Florida Earth Foundation host Water Choices IV on Tuesday, where panelists will discuss public-private partnerships aimed at solving water shortage problems. Participants include Florida Next Foundation chair Alex Sink ; Steve Seibert, former Senior Vice President for the Collins Center for Public Policy; Florida Trend journalist Cynthia Barnett,

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