A new legislative week in Tallahassee begins

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Monday, the legislative week begins in the Florida Capitol with a series of meetings on subjects such as expanding the types of offices taking concealed weapon applications, addressing employee social media privacy, tightening up public assistance fraud and lifting parts of a lobbyist gift ban.

10:30 a.m.:

The Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining meets in Room 412 in the Knott building.

12:30 p.m.:

The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee meets in Room 301 of the Senate Office Building.

4 p.m.:

The Senate Agriculture Committee meets in Room 301 of the Senate Office Building to consider SB 544, a proposal filed by Sen. Wilton Simpson to allow county tax collectors to accept applications for concealed-weapon or firearms licenses. Currently, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services accepts the applications at regional locations, but supporters of the bill say it would address increasing demands. (The House Business & Professional Regulation Subcommittee will take up a similar measure on Tuesday.)

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will meet in Room 110 of the Senate Office Building to take up SB 198, a bill filed by Sen. Jeff Clemens, to block employers from requiring social media passwords or taking other steps to access workers’ social-media accounts.

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee meets in Room 37 of the Senate office Building to consider SPB 7044, a proposal that would toughen penalties for public-assistance fraud.

The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee meets in Room 412 of the Knott Building to take up SB 192, a bill filed by Sen. Oscar Braynon to ease the state’s lobbyist gift ban by creating exceptions for food and drinks at certain types of events.

Elsewhere in the state:

Other legislative events include U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will make an announcement about enrollment in health coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act. The event begins 11:30 a.m., at the Hispanic Office for Local Assistance in the Primrose Community Center, 595 North Primrose Dr., Orlando.


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.