Senate Budget Committee trying to get through 50 bills this week, including ones dealing with immigration, Medicaid and pensions

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The Senate Budget Committee considers several high profile bills, including the chamber? main bill dealing with illegal immigration (SB 2040) a bill prohibiting the state from deducting union dues from workers’ paychecks (SB 830), and the proposed Medicaid overhaul (SB 1972), reports the News Service of Florida.Also on the committee? long agenda are a bill changing rules on local government pensions for police officers and firefighters (1128), a measure limiting when doctors can ask patients about whether they own a firearm (SB 432). The panel is trying to get through more than 50 bills this week ?it meets again on Thursday and Friday – that still need its approval before they can go to the floor. (1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, The Capitol.) For the full list of bills referred to the committee, click here.

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