On Tap in the Capital: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
ON TAP IN THE CAPITAL: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
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Legislature:

RECOVERY CARE CENTERS CONSIDERED: The House Health & Human Services Committee will consider a proposal (HB 23), filed by Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, and Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, that would allow types of health-care facilities known as “recovery care centers,” where patients could stay up to 72 hours after undergoing surgical procedures. The measure also would allow patients to stay in ambulatory-surgical centers for up to 24 hours, ending a prohibition on overnight stays. (9 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS ON TABLE: The House Judiciary Committee will take up a bill (PCB JDC 18-01) that would make a series of changes related to the insurance practice known as “assignment of benefits.” The issue has been controversial in recent years, as insurers blame assignment of benefits for driving up property-insurance premiums. (9 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING DISCUSSED: Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, and Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, will hold a news conference about affordable-housing legislation. (12:30 p.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)

WORKERS' COMP CHANGES WEIGHED: The House Commerce Committee will consider a proposal (PCB COM 18-01) that would make numerous changes in the workers' compensation insurance system. (1 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES DEBATED: The House Government Accountability Committee will take up a bill (HB 17), filed by Rep. Jake Raburn, R-Lithia, that would make changes involving community redevelopment agencies. (1 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

UNDERGROUND POWER LINES AT ISSUE: The Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee will take up a bill (SB 494), filed by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, that would make clear the Florida Public Service Commission has “exclusive jurisdiction” to decide whether underground transmission lines are required for power-plant projects. The proposal stems, at least in part, from a 2016 decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeal in a dispute between Florida Power & Light and local governments about transmission-line issues in Miami-Dade County. (2 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

GUNS AT RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS CONSIDERED: The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a proposal (SB 274), filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns while at private schools on the grounds of religious institutions. Outside of law-enforcement officers, state law prohibits people from carrying guns at schools. (2 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

PASSENGER RAIL CHANGES WEIGHED: The Senate Transportation Committee will take up a bill (SB 572), filed by Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Rockledge, that would lead to the state overseeing aspects of high-speed rail. The proposal is an outgrowth of controversy about the Brightline rail service, which is planned to connect Miami and Orlando. (2 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

BUSINESS CLIMATE EYED: The House Ways & Means Committee will host a panel discussion about Florida's business climate. (3:30 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

BRANDES, DEW AT AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES EVENT: Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Michael Dew are expected to be among the speakers at the Florida Automated Vehicles Summit. (9 a.m., Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Dr., Tampa.)

ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (9 a.m., St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs.)

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER BOARD MEETS: The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board will meet in Hillsborough County. (9 a.m., district Tampa office, 7601 U.S. 301, Tampa.)

ST. JOHNS WATER BOARD MEETS: The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board will hold committee meetings, followed by a board meeting. (Committee meetings start at 9 a.m., district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.)

SUWANNEE WATER BOARD MEETS: The Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board will meet. (9 a.m., district headquarters, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak.)

FAU TRUSTEES MEET: The Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees will meet. (10 a.m., Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter Campus, Student Resource Building, 5353 Parkside Dr., Jupiter.)

SCOTT RELEASES BUDGET PROPOSAL: Gov. Rick Scott will hold a news conference in Duval County to release a proposed 2018-2019 budget. (10:30 a.m., Northern Tool + Equipment, 10000 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville.)

CHAMBER DISCUSSES LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: The Florida Chamber of Commerce will hold a news conference to discuss its 2018 agenda. Participants are expected to include lawmakers and former House Speaker Will Weatherford. (11 am., fourth floor, the Capitol.)

FLORIDA SOUTHWESTERN TRUSTEES MEET: The Florida SouthWestern State College Board of Trustees is scheduled to hold committee meetings, followed by a regular board meeting. (Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m., Florida SouthWestern State College, Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.)

SANTA FE COLLEGE TRUSTEES: The Santa Fe College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (4 p.m., Santa Fe College, Andrews Cultural Center, 201 East Call St., Starke.)

MONEY RAISED FOR HOUSE GOP RACES: A reception is scheduled to raise money for the campaigns of Rep. Bobby Olszewski, R-Winter Garden; Rep. Daniel Perez, R-Miami; House District 58 candidate Lawrence McClure; and House District 72 candidate James Buchanan. (5 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton, 101 South Adams St., Tallahassee.)

FLORIDA GATEWAY TRUSTEES MEET: The Florida Gateway College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (5 p.m., Florida Gateway College, Administration Building, Lake City.)

FARMER RAISES MONEY: A reception is scheduled to raise campaign money for Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale. (5:30 p.m., Governors Club, 202 South Adams St., Tallahassee.)

LOBBYIST REPORTS DUE: Lobbying firms face a Tuesday deadline for filing reports that provide information about compensation from July 1 to Sept. 30.


 
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