On Tap in the Capital: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
ON TAP IN THE CAPITAL: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017
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Legislature:

AG AND NATURAL RESOURCES BUDGET AT ISSUE: The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation about Gov. Rick Scott's proposed 2018-2019 budget. (8 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

DRONE RESTRICTIONS CONSIDERED: The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 471), filed by Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, that would ban flying drones over prisons and jails. (8 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

VISIT FLORIDA MAKES PRESENTATION: The House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation from Visit Florida about the agency's operating budget. (8 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PANEL GETS UPDATE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The House Health Quality Subcommittee will receive a presentation from Christian Bax, director of the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use, about implementation of a medical-marijuana law passed in June. (8:30 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

VETERANS HEALTH PROGRAM PROPOSED: The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space and Domestic Security Committee will take up a proposal (SB 440), filed by Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, that would allow veterans to receive services through the state Medicaid managed-care system as an alternative to the federal Veterans Health Administration system. (10 a.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

LOCAL BUDGET PROPOSALS EYED: The House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee will take up bills about local budget projects. (10:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building.)

HEALTH CARE BUDGET PRESENTED: The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation about Gov. Rick Scott's proposed 2018-2019 budget. (10:30 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS DISCUSSED: The House Pre-K-12 Innovation Subcommittee will hold a panel discussion about oversight and monitoring in scholarship programs. (10:30 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AT ISSUE: The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee will hold a workshop on bicycle and pedestrian safety. (10:30 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

RIGHTS RESTORATION AT ISSUE: Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, will hold a news conference to announce a proposal that would allow Floridians to get their rights restored through the court system instead of through the executive-clemency process. (11:45 a.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHANGE PROPOSED: Rep. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, will hold a news conference to discuss a proposal (HB 43 and SB 122) that would revamp campaign-finance laws to prevent political committees and electioneering communications organizations from making contributions to each other. (1 p.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)

SENATORS EYE SCOTT BUDGET: The Senate Appropriations Committee will receive a presentation about Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $87.4 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. (1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

PHARMACY BENEFITS ON TABLE: The House Health Innovation Subcommittee will hold a panel discussion on pharmacy benefits management. (1:30 p.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGET CONSIDERED: The House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation on Gov. Rick Scott's proposed 2018-2019 budget. (1:30 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

ONLINE THREATS ADDRESSED: The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 165), filed by Rep. Stan McClain, R-Belleview, that would seek to prevent people from making online threats to kill or injure other people. (1:30 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

UNDERGROUND POWER LINES ON AGENDA: The House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 405), filed by Rep. Jayer Williamson, R-Pace, and Rep. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka, that would make clear the Florida Public Service Commission has “exclusive jurisdiction” to decide whether underground transmission lines are required for power-plant projects. (2 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PANEL RECEIVES CHILD SUPPORT PRESENTATION: The House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee will receive a presentation on issues related to child support guidelines. (4 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CLAIM BILL CONSIDERED IN ORLANDO ACCIDENT: The House Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee will consider a claim bill (HB 6517), filed by Rep. Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs, that would direct Orange County to pay $750,000 to Robert Allan Smith, a motorcyclist who was injured in 2006 when he was struck by a county van. (4 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION AT ISSUE: The House Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee will take up a series of issues, including a bill (HB 307), filed by Rep. Bruce Antone, D-Orlando, that would make changes involving the Florida Commission on Human Relations. (4 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

HOUSE MEMBERS EYE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: The House Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 181), filed by Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, that calls for the state to pay the tuition costs of many students at state colleges. (4 p.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

EDUCATION BUDGET CONSIDERED: The House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation about Gov. Rick Scott's proposed 2018-2019 budget. (4 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

ALLIGATOR MANAGEMENT AT ISSUE: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will take up a series of issues, including issues related to alligator management. (8:30 a.m., Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 N.W. 97th Blvd., Gainesville.)

FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC TRUSTEES MEET: The Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet after holding a series of committee meetings. (Committees start at 8:30 a.m., followed by full board, Florida Polytechnic University, Admissions Center, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland.)

ST. LUCIE JUDGE REPRIMANDED: The Florida Supreme Court will take up five issues, including a public reprimand of St. Lucie County Judge Philip Yacucci, who is being disciplined because of his conduct in a long-running battle with a local attorney. The discipline stems from Yacucci's actions involving attorney Stephen Smith. In ordering the reprimand and a 30-day suspension for Yacucci, the Supreme Court said his “longstanding combative relationship with Smith created legitimate fears of partiality and bias on the part of several litigants before his court.” (9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

CABINET AIDES MEET: Aides to Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis will meet in preparation for a Dec. 13 state Cabinet meeting. (9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

PAROLE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Commission on Offender Review is scheduled to meet and discuss numerous parole cases related to crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s. (9 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

VALENCIA COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The Valencia College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (9:30 a.m., Valencia College, Poinciana Campus, 3255 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee.)

SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The South Florida State College Board of Trustees will hold a planning workshop and a regular meeting. (Workshop at 10 a.m., with regular meeting at 1 p.m., South Florida State College, Highlands Campus, Building F, 600 West College Dr., Avon Park.)

QUALIFYING ENDS IN SD 31: Qualifying will end for candidates in a special election in Palm Beach County's Senate District 31, which opened in late October when Lake Worth Democrat Jeff Clemens resigned after disclosures about an affair with a lobbyist. (Noon)

HURRICANE RESPONSE AT ISSUE: The Florida Transportation Commission will hold a workshop and is expected to receive an update about issues related to hurricane response. (1 p.m., Burns Building, 605 Suwannee St., Tallahassee.)

ST. JOHNS RIVER COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The St. Johns River State College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (3 p.m., St. Johns River State College, Administration Building, 5001 St. Johns Ave., Palatka.)

CENTRAL FLORIDA COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The College of Central Florida Board of Trustees will meet. (3 p.m., College of Central Florida, Founders Hall, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala.)

PUTNAM DISCUSSES AEROSPACE ISSUES: Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam will host a roundtable discussion with officials from the aerospace industry. (Open to the media at 3:15 p.m., Crowne Plaza Melbourne, 2605 North Highway A1A, Melbourne.)

THRASHER GIVES `STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY' ADDRESS: Florida State University President John Thrasher will offer his “State of the University” address during a meeting of the Faculty Senate. (3:35 p.m., Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center, 555 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee.)

HILLSBOROUGH COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The Hillsborough Community College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (4 p.m., Hillsborough Community College, Brandon Campus, Administration Building.)

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