Capitol preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics

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It is a busy week as lawmakers return for a full committee week, and one in which many committees will really begin to move through actual legislation. Several big issues will at least be talked about in committees, from PIP auto insurance fraud to the federal health care challenge to prison sentencing.

Also the effort to expand gambling opportunities starts in earnest this week as the Senate Regulated Industries Committee workshops the destination gaming resort bill.

Also this week, the Chamber of Commerce holds a big summit on insurance in Orlando, and the Florida Retail Federation releases its holiday shopping forecast.

A preview from the News Service of Florida.

MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

CHARTER SCHOOL CONFERENCE: The Annual Charter School Conference begins on Monday in Orlando with the theme, “Stronger Communities Through Quality Schools.”

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