Will the 2014 legislative session begin January rather than March?

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Lawmakers could be done with their work in 2014 before baseball players finish up spring training under a measure set for its first Senate hearing on Monday.

The proposal (SB 1356), by Senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami, would move the starting date of the 2014 legislative session to Jan. 22, meaning the 60-day gathering would have to be done by March 23 — though, with that being a Sunday, lawmakers might opt to wrap up their business two days earlier. The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will hear the bill on Monday, but the legislation still has two more stops in the chamber and no House counterpart. The Constitution allows the Legislature to move its start date on even-numbered years, as lawmakers did in 2012 because of the once-a-decade redistricting process.

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