On Tap in the Capital: Thursday, November 16, 2017
ON TAP IN THE CAPITAL: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017
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Legislature:

RURAL LANDS PROGRAM DISCUSSED: The Senate Agriculture Committee will discuss the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, which helps protect rural land from development. (8:30 a.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

VETERANS' CARE AT ISSUE: The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee will consider a bill (SB 326), filed by Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, that would set up a program to help military veterans and their families get mental-health and substance-abuse services. (8:30 a.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HUMAN TRAFFICKING TARGETED: The House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee will receive briefings on issues related to human trafficking. (9 a.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

VENEZUELA INVESTMENTS ON TABLE: The House Oversight, Transparency and Administration Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 359), filed by Rep. Jeanette Nunez, R-Miami, and Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, that would bar state agencies from investing money in companies that do business with the Maduro regime in Venezuela. (9 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION CONSIDERED: The House Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee will host a panel discussion about efforts to boost post-secondary attainment. (9 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

DEBRIS REMOVAL, AGRICULTURE DISCUSSED: The House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness will take up a series of issues, including issues related to debris removal and agriculture. (Noon, 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CITY AUDITS REQUESTED: The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee will consider a request by Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, for an audit of the city of Palm Bay and a request by Sen. Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, for an audit of the city of Gulf Breeze. (3:45 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PLANNING COUNCIL MEETS: The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council is scheduled to meet. (9 a.m., 1400 Colonial Blvd., Suite 1, Fort Myers.)

DEFENSE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Defense Support Task Force, which works to protect and enhance military installations in Florida, will meet. (9 a.m., Holiday Inn Orlando East-UCF Area, 1724 North Alafaya Trail, Orlando.)

UWF TRUSTEES MEET: The University of West Florida Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (9 a.m., UWF Conference Center Lounge, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola.)

BROWN SENTENCING HEARING HELD: A sentencing hearing will be held for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., who was convicted in May on federal charges related to a scheme to use a sham education charity to finance personal expenses and events. U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan is expected to announce Brown's sentence on Dec. 4. (10 a.m., U.S. Courthouse, 300 North Hogan St., Jacksonville.)

GULF COAST COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The Gulf Coast State College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (10 a.m., Gulf Coast State College, Robert L. McSpadden Student Union West, Panama City.)

APALACHEE PLANNING COUNCIL MEETS: The Apalachee Regional Planning Council is scheduled to meet. (10 a.m., Leon Human Services, 1000 West Tharpe St., Tallahassee.)

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

DAYTONA STATE TRUSTEES MEET: The Daytona State College Board of Trustees is scheduled to hold a workshop and a regular meeting. (Workshop at 1 p.m., followed by regular meeting, Daytona State College, Building 100, 1200 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.)

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. (6 p.m., district headquarters, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach.)


 
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