Another full legislative plate in Tallahassee for Wednesday

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Florida’s Capitol gets another full legislative plate Wednesday, with committee meetings on a number of issues.

Various panels will hear on energy, the national economy, rules on fetal injury and sexual predators, as well as get an update on CONNECT, the state’s glitch-plagued $68 million unemployment website.

9 a.m.:

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam gives a presentation on energy issues in Room 212 of the Knott building during the meeting of the House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee.

The Office of Economic and Demographic Research’s Economic Estimating Conference meets in Room 117 of the Knott building to discuss the national economy.

The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee meets in Room 404 of the House building to consider several bills, including a proposal on fetal injury. Rep. Larry Ahern, the bill’s sponsor, has emphasized it is not an abortion bill.

10 a.m.:

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice meets Room 37 of the Senate building to hear presentations on Gov. Rick Scott’s 2014-15 budget recommendations for courts, law enforcement and public safety departments.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development meets in Room 110 of the Senate building for a series of presentations, including one from Workforce Florida on the implementation of Quick Response Training.

The Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission meets in Room 101 of the Rhyne Building, 2740 Centerview Drive in Tallahassee to deliberate on cases before the board.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education meets in Room 412 of the Knott building to discuss higher education performance, as well as Scott’s proposed additional $40 million for higher education. (The House Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee will see a similar presentation at 8 a.m. Thursday in Room 102 of the House building.)

10:30 a.m.:

The Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Steering Committee meets in Room B-49 of the Caldwell Building to discuss the progress of the CONNECT unemployment website.


The House Appropriations Committee meets in Room 212 of the Knott building to consider a series of bills seeking to reform the state’s violent predator laws.

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