2014 Florida legislative session begins Tuesday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida lawmakers are gathering at the state capitol Tuesday for the start of the legislative session.

This is the time of year when lawmakers can turn bills into law runs.  The session will run until May 2.

Of the several issues on the table for this session, lawmakers could look into expanding gaming, increasing the speed limit and stopping minors from being able to use tanning facilities.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott is touted Florida's improving economy in a State of the State speech that makes a case for re-election as much as it lays out his plan for the final year of his first term.

In the prepared version of Tuesday's address, Scott talks about the economic mess Florida was in when he took office just more than three years ago.

He then discusses Florida's improving employment picture and takes credit for making the state more business friendly by cutting regulations and lowering taxes.

Scott could be facing his predecessor, Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, when he seeks a second term in November. Without naming Crist, the speech clearly draws a contrast in the state's economy during each of the governor's terms.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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