WEEK OF APRIL 24, 2017

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

ADVANCES: WEEK OF APRIL 23, 2017

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THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, APRIL 21, 2017........ Florida lawmakers enter the final two weeks of the regular legislative session with most major issues unresolved. The House and Senate will spend much of the coming week in floor sessions, moving through dozens of bills while leaders try to work out major issues such as the budget and gambling legislation.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

PARIENTE DISCUSSES JUDICIARY: Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente is expected to speak on "Current and Future Challenges Facing Florida's Judiciary" during an event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County and the National Council of Jewish Women Palm Beach Section. (Sunday, 1 p.m., Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd., Atlantis.)

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

Legislature:

SCHOOL TESTING AT ISSUE: The House Education Committee will take up a bill (HB 773), filed by Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, and Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, that would make a series of changes in the state's standardized-testing requirements. (Monday, 2 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONSIDERED: The House Health & Human Services Committee will consider a proposal (HB 1397), filed by Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, that would carry out a November constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida. (Monday, 2 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

'SPECIAL ORDER' CALENDAR SET: The Senate Special Order Calendar Group will meet to the set the "special order calendar," which lists bills that will be heard on the Senate floor. (Monday, 2:30 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

EMPLOYEE HEALTH CHANGES AT ISSUE: The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee will consider a bill (HB 7007) that would revamp the health-insurance program for state employees. The bill, in part, would lead to employees choosing among four different levels of benefits beginning in 2020. The bill, a priority of House Republican leaders, would provide an incentive for employees to choose coverage that would cost less than the amount of money the state contributes for premiums. In those situations, the balance of the money would go to employees for such things as salary increases or purchasing additional health benefits. (Monday, 3 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

CONFIRMATION HEARINGS HELD: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will hold confirmation hearings for numerous appointees, including Justin Senior, secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration; Surgeon General Celeste Philip, secretary of the Florida Department of Health; Glenn Sutphin, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs; Jeffrey Bragg, secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs; and Donald Polmann, a member of the Florida Public Service Commission. (Monday, 5 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

HOUSE SPECIAL ORDER SET: The House Rules & Policy Committee will set the "special order calendar," which lists bills that will be heard on the House floor. (Monday, 5:30 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

OTHER POSSIBLE LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS:
--- House Commerce Committee (Monday, 9 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
--- House Government Accountability Committee (Monday, 9 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)
--- House Judiciary Committee (Monday, 2 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

CORRECTIONS WORKERS SOUGHT: The Florida Department of Corrections will hold an employee-recruitment event in Columbia County. (Monday, 9 a.m., Columbia Correctional Institution, Administration Building, 216 S.E. Corrections Way, Lake City.)

SHERIFFS HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS: The Florida Sheriffs Association will hold an annual memorial ceremony to honor officers who have died in the line of duty. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., Florida Sheriffs Association headquarters, 2617 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

Legislature:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA GETS AIRING: The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up dozens of bills, including a proposal (SB 406), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would carry out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. Among the other bills, the committee will consider a proposal (SB 240), filed by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, that would help clear for "direct primary care" agreements between patients and doctors. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS AT ISSUE: The House will hold a floor session and take up numerous issues, including a proposal (HB 1421), filed by Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, and Rep. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando, that would make changes in an insurance practice known as "assignment of benefits." The issue has been highly controversial, with insurers blaming assignment of benefits for increasing property-insurance rates. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

DOZIER APOLOGY CONSIDERED: The Senate Rules Committee will consider numerous bills, including a proposal (SR 1440), filed by Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, that would apologize for abuses that occurred at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. Boys were physically and sexually abused for decades at the now-shuttered school. Among other bills, the committee will take up a proposal (SCR 1360), filed by Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, that would place a statue of educator and civil-rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune at the U.S. Capitol, replacing a statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. Each state is allowed two statues at the National Statuary Hall, and Florida has long been represented by Smith and John Gorrie, widely considered the father of air conditioning. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

OTHER POSSIBLE LEGISLATIVE MEETING:
--- House Commerce Committee (Tuesday, 8 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

JACQUES SPEAKS TO GOP CLUB: Berny Jacques, who is running next year in Pinellas County's state House District 66, is expected to speak to the Sunrise Leadership Republican Club. (Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., 2626 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater.)

BOARD OF OPTICIANRY MEETS: The Florida Board of Opticianry is scheduled to meet. (Tuesday, 8 a.m., Capital Circle Office Complex, 4042 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee.)

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER BOARD MEETS: The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board will meet in Polk County. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., Lake Eva Banquet Hall, 799 Johns Ave., Haines City.)

DUNN STAFF HOLDS 'MOBILE' OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., will hold "mobile" office hours in Franklin and Wakulla counties. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., Franklin County Clerk of the Court, 33 Market St., Apalachicola. Also, 1:30 p.m., Wakulla County Commission Complex, 3093 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville.)

REVENUE ESTIMATING CONFERENCE MEETS: The Revenue Estimating Conference will hold what is known as an "impact" conference. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

Legislature:

SENATE DEMOCRATS GATHER: The Senate Democratic caucus is scheduled to meet before a floor session. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 200 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

FINANCIAL LITERACY SOUGHT: The Senate will hold a floor session and could vote on a proposal (SB 392), filed by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, that would require high-school students to take financial-literacy courses. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

HOUSE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The House is scheduled to hold a floor session. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

Also:

BOARD OF EDUCATION HOLDS CALL: The State Board of Education is scheduled to hold a conference call. (Wednesday, 10 a.m. Call-in number: 1-888-419-5570. Code: 42035290.)

CONSTITUTION PANEL MEETS IN GAINESVILLE: The Florida Constitution Revision Commission, which will place proposed constitutional amendments on the November 2018 ballot, will meet in Gainesville. (Wednesday, 5 p.m., University of Florida, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville.)

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

Legislature:

SENATE DEMOCRATS GATHER: The Senate Democratic caucus is scheduled to meet before a floor session. (Thursday, 9 a.m., 200 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SENATE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The Senate is scheduled to hold a floor session. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

HOUSE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The House is scheduled to hold a floor session. (Thursday, 10:30 a.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

Also:

BOARD OF OPTOMETRY HOLDS CALL: The Florida Board of Optometry is scheduled to hold a conference call. (Thursday, 9 a.m. Call-in number: 1-888-670-3525. Code: 7342425515.)

FLORIDA COMMUNITIES TRUST MEETS: The Florida Communities Trust Governing Board is scheduled to meet. (Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Carr Building, 3800 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee.)

CITIZENS BOARD HOLDS CALL: The Citizens Property Insurance Board of Governors is scheduled to hold a conference call. (Thursday, 10 a.m. Call-in number: 1-888-942-8686. Code: 5743735657#.)

'COMMUNITY' OFFICE HOURS IN MURPHY DISTRICT: Staff members for U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., will hold "community" office hours in Seminole County. (Thursday, 4 p.m., American Legion Post 243, 491 West Broadway, Oviedo.)

SUPREME COURT RELEASES OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release its weekly opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

CONSTITUTION PANEL MEETS IN JACKSONVILLE; The Florida Constitution Revision Commission, which will place proposed constitutional amendments on the November 2018 ballot, will meet in Jacksonville. (Thursday, 11 a.m., Florida State College at Jacksonville, Kent Campus auditorium, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville.)

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

Legislature:

SENATE DEMOCRATS GATHER: The Senate Democratic caucus is scheduled to meet before a floor session. (Friday, 9 a.m., 200 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SENATE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The Senate is scheduled to hold a floor session. (Friday, 10 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

HOUSE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The House is scheduled to hold a floor session. (Friday, 10:30 a.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

Also:

RPOF HOLDS QUARTERLY MEETING: The Republican Party of Florida will start a two-day quarterly meeting. (Friday, seminars start at 9 a.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Airport-Westshore, 4500 West Cypress St., Tampa.)

REVENUE ESTIMATING CONFERENCE MEETS: The Revenue Estimating Conference will hold what is known as an "impact" conference. (Friday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

DUNN STAFF HOLDS 'MOBILE' OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., will hold "mobile" office hours in Suwannee and Columbia counties. (Friday, 11 a.m., Live Oak City Hall, 101 White Ave. S.E., Live Oak. Also, 1:30 p.m., Lake City City Hall, 205 North Marion Ave., Lake City.)

DEP SECRETARY APPLICATIONS DUE: Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet have set a Friday deadline for candidates to apply to become secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Former Secretary Jon Steverson resigned early this year.


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4/21/2017

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