On Tap in the Capital: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
ON TAP IN THE CAPITAL: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017
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Legislature:

PRISON POPULATION DISCUSSED: The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will receive a presentation from the Department of Corrections about the inmate population. (8 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PETROLEUM TANK CLEANUP AT ISSUE: The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee will receive an update on the petroleum tank cleanup program. (8 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

UNDERGROUND POWER LINES ON AGENDA: The House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 405), filed by Rep. Jayer Williamson, R-Pace, that would make clear the Florida Public Service Commission has “exclusive jurisdiction” to decide whether underground transmission lines are required for power-plant projects. (8 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISCUSSED: The House Health Quality Subcommittee will receive an update about implementation of a medical-marijuana law passed during a June special session. (8:30 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

BUSINESS REGULATIONS EYED: The House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee will hold a panel discussion about the impact of local regulations on business development and expansion. (8:30 a.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

BROWARD DEPUTY HONORED: The House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a bill (HB 205), filed by Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, that would designate a portion of Interstate 595 as “Deputy Ryan Seguin Memorial Highway.” Seguin, a Broward County sheriff's deputy, was killed when he was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop. (8:30 a.m., 116 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

SENATE CONSIDERS BETHUNE STATUE: The Senate Appropriations Committee will take up a bill (SB 472), filed by Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, that calls for placing a statue of civil-rights activist and educator Mary McLeod Bethune in the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. The statue of Bethune would replace a likeness of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, who has long represented Florida in the hall. (9 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

AGRICULTURE JOBS AT ISSUE: The House Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee will host a panel discussion about expanding agriculture jobs. (10:30 a.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

BUILDING COMMISSION REVAMP CONSIDERED: The House Careers & Competition Subcommittee will consider a bill (HB 299), filed by Rep. Stan McClain, R-Belleview, that would reduce the number of members of the Florida Building Commission from 27 to 11. (10:30 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

LAW ENFORCEMENT RADIO SYSTEM DISCUSSED: The House Government Operations &Technology Appropriations Subcommittee will receive an update from the Department of Management Services related to a state law-enforcement radio system. (10:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CHILD PROTECTIVE INVESTIGATORS ON AGENDA: The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation from the Department of Children and Families about the child-protective investigations workforce. (10:30 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS EYED: The House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee will hold a panel discussion about issues related to industry certifications and the workforce. (10:30 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY CONSIDERED: The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee will hold a panel discussion about how technology and innovation in transportation are changing the state's economy. (10:30 a.m., 116 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

LAWMAKERS DISCUSS NURSING HOMES: Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, and Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, will hold a news conference to discuss legislation about the regulation of nursing homes. (11:15 a.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AT ISSUE: Lawmakers and a coalition of groups will hold a news conference to discuss criminal-justice reform. Participants are expected to include Senate Criminal Justice Chairman Randolph Bracy, D-Orlando; Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Chairman Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg; Rep. Ben Diamond, D-St. Petersburg; and Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples. (12:15 p.m., fourth floor, the Capitol.)

OPIOID EPIDEMIC AT ISSUE: The Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will discuss the impact of the opioid epidemic on the criminal-justice system. (1 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

LOCAL EDUCATION REQUESTS DETAILED: The Senate Pre-K-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a workshop about local funding requests. (1 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

IRMA TRANSPORTATION ISSUES EXAMINED: The Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee will discuss Hurricane Irma's impacts on infrastructure. (1 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE DISCUSSED: The Senate General Government Appropriations Subcommittee will discuss utility infrastructure. (3:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

FEE WAIVERS DISCUSSED: The House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 75), filed by Rep. Mel Ponder, R-Destin, that would allow state colleges to waive fees for active-duty members of the military. (3 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

SMALL BUSINESS LENDING AT ISSUE: The House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee will host a panel discussion about small-business lending and job growth. (3 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

SOLID WASTE ON AGENDA: The House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee will receive presentations on solid-waste reduction and recycling. (3 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

AGRICULTURE LEADERS SOUGHT: The House PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee will hold a panel discussion about developing and retaining agriculture leaders. (3 p.m., 116 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AT ISSUE: The Agency for Health Care Administration will hold a pair of meetings about behavioral-health services in the Medicaid program. (8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

GRIMSLEY HOLDS `MOBILE' OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, will hold “mobile” office hours in Polk County. (9 a.m., Mulberry Library, 905 N.E. Fifth St., Mulberry. Also, 10:30 a.m., Bartow Public Library, 2150 South Broadway Ave., Bartow. Also, 1:15 p.m., Fort Meade Community Center, 10 S.W. Third St., Fort Meade.)

PAROLE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Commission on Offender Review is scheduled to meet in Seminole County. (9 a.m., Seminole County Services Building, 1101 East First St., Sanford.)

PUTNAM SPEAKS TO COUNTY OFFICIALS: Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam will speak at the Florida Association of Counties Legislative Conference. (9:15 a.m., Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota.) 

GULF CONSORTIUM BOARD MEETS: The Gulf Consortium Board of Directors, which works on issues related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, is scheduled to meet. (2 p.m., Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota.)

GILLUM CAMPAIGNS AT FAU: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum will meet with Florida Atlantic University students. (3 p.m., FAU Student Union, Boca Raton.)

LAKE-SUMTER COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The Lake-Sumter State College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (5 p.m., Lake-Sumter State College, South Lake Campus, 1250 North Hancock Road, Clermont.)

RESERVOIR PROJECT AT ISSUE: The South Florida Water Management District will hold one in a series of meetings about a reservoir project in the Everglades Agricultural Area. The project, south of Lake Okeechobee, is a priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. (5:30 p.m., John Boy Auditorium, Clewiston.)

11/15/2017

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