Capitol Preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics

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Tallahassee takes a breather this week, and lawmakers head home. Gov. Rick Scott, however, immediately starts touting the teacher pay raise he asked for and got – an effort to draw attention to what he will claim is a major victory as he runs for re-election. 


SCOTT “VICTORY PAY RAISE TOUR”: Gov. Rick Scott is wasting no time trying to draw attention to the fact that lawmakers including $480 million in the budget for a teacher pay raise sought, even if they altered the specifics. Scott starts a tour to claim victory with three stops today: 

11:45 a.m., Wynnebrook Elementary, 1167 Drexel Rd., West Palm Beach.
3 p.m., Nease High, 10550 Ray Rd., Ponte Vedra. 

MOVERS CONSUMER EDUCATION: The Florida Movers & Warehousemen’s Association introduces he ProMover Program to promote consumer education about the moving industry. (Monday, 10:30 a.m., Florida Press Center, 336 E. College Ave., Tallahassee.)

MEDICAID MANAGED CARE TOUTED: The state Agency for Health Care Administration will hold a contract-signing ceremony with seven managed-care plans that have been chosen to provide Medicaid services to seniors who need long-term care. The first phase of Florida’s shift to a statewide managed-care system in Medicaid is expected to start later this year. (Monday, 1 p.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

FALLEN LAW OFFICERS HONORED: The Florida Sheriffs Association will hold a ceremony to honor fallen officers and to add the names of three officers to a memorial wall. Those officers, who died during 2012, were Brevard County Deputy Barbara Pill, Broward County Deputy Christopher Schaub and Clay County Detective David White. Attorney General Pam Bondi is expected to take part in the ceremony. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., Florida Sheriffs Association, 2617 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee.) 


COCA COLA ANNOUNCEMENT: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam joins Coca Cola to announce a “major investment in the state’s citrus industry.” (Tuesday, 10:45 a.m., Main St. Juice Plant, 705 Main St., Auburndale. ) 

GET READY FOR HIPERGATOR: The University of Florida will unveil HiPerGator, which it says is the state’s most-powerful supercomputer, capable of 150 trillion calculations per second. (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., University of Florida Eastside Campus, 2008 NE Waldo Road, Gainesville.)


CABINET HEADS TO ORLANDO: Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will meet at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando. While the agenda looks relatively light, Scott and Cabinet members will hear presentations about the Lake Nona Medical City sciences park in Orlando. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Nemours Children’s Hospital auditorium, 13535 Nemours Parkway, Orlando.)

CITRUS COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Citrus Commission is expected to discuss issues such as domestic and international marketing and scientific research. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Department of Citrus, 605 East Main St., Bartow.)

PAROLE COMMISSION CONSIDERS CASES: The Florida Parole Commission is scheduled to consider dozens of cases during a regular meeting. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Parole Commission, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)


SENATE REDISTRICTING GOES BACK TO SUPREME COURT: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in a challenge to the state’s redrawn Senate districts. The Legislature is asking justices to toss out a challenge to the districts that was filed in Leon County circuit court. Lawmakers contend that only the Supreme Court has the power to consider the constitutionality of district lines and that justices signed off on the Senate redistricting plan last year. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis early this year rejected the Legislature’s request to dismiss the case, which was filed by a coalition of groups such as the League of Women Voters of Florida. (Thursday, 9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

JUSTICES HEAR ARGUMENTS IN ‘XBOX’ MURDERS: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal by Troy Victorino, who was found to be the ringleader in the 2004 murders of six people in a Deltona home — murders that became dubbed the “Xbox murders.” Victorino was sentenced to death in the case. (Thursday, 9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

SUPREME COURT OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court releases opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.) 


HEALTH CHOICES BOARD MEETS: After a legislative session in which its program was a key part of debates about expanding health coverage, the Florida Health Choices Board of Directors will meet. Among the topics will be the legislative session and the launch of Florida Health Choices’ online health marketplace. (Friday, 11 a.m., Hampton Inn & Suites, 80 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg.)

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