Capitol Preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics

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After more than a year of controversy and legal wrangling, jury selection is expected to start Monday in the trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused in the Seminole County shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

But while a media horde gathers in Sanford, more-routine business of meetings and conferences will take place across the state. Also, the Florida Democratic Party will hold its annual Jefferson-Jackson soiree in Broward County.

A preview of the weeks events via the News Service of Florida.

MONDAY

TRAYVON TRIAL BEGINS: Jury selection is expected to begin in the trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused in the February 2012 shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin in Seminole County. The case has drawn national attention and spurred a debate about Florida’s “stand your ground” law. (Monday, Seminole County courthouse, Sanford.)

ELECTIONS SUPERVISORS CONTINUE CONFERENCE: The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections will continue its annual summer conference. (Monday, 9 a.m., Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island.)

UF AND FSU PREEMINENT?: The university system’s Board of Governors will hold a conference call to discuss issues such as the designation of the University of Florida and Florida State University as “preeminent” universities. Lawmakers this year approved a bill that allows universities to receive the designation if they meet certain standards. (Monday, 1:30 p.m. Three committees will hold meetings, before the full Board of Governors meets. Dial-in number 888-670-3525; code 4122150353.)

TUESDAY

PREPARING FOR DISASTER: The state Division of Emergency Management will start a three-day “Public-Private Sector Disaster Preparedness Summit.” Among the expected topics is crisis communications. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., International Palms Resort, 6515 International Dr., Orlando.)

ELECTIONS SUPERVISORS CONTINUE CONFERENCE: The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections will continue its annual summer conference. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island.)

HEALTH DATA TRANSPARENCY DISCUSSED: The State Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Council will hold a teleconference about carrying out laws requiring more transparency through public reporting of health-care data. (Tuesday, 10 a.m.; dial-in number: 888-670-3525; participant code: 3875036751.)

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will start three days of meetings. Among the expected issues is the agency’s budget. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland, 3839 Don Emerson Dr., Lakeland.)

SCHWARZKOPF TO BE HONORED: Gov. Rick Scott will present a “Great Floridian” award to honor the late Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, whose widow, Brenda, will take part in the ceremony. (Tuesday, 3:30 p.m., headquarters of U.S. Central Command, 7115 South Boundary Blvd., MacDill Air Force Base.)

WEDNESDAY

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will continue meeting. Among the expected topics are rules related to catching tarpon and bonefish. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland, 3839 Don Emerson Drive, Lakeland.)

ELECTIONS SUPERVISORS CONTINUE CONFERENCE: The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections will continue its annual summer conference. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island.)

GUETZLOE APPEAL IS HEARD: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear an appeal from central Florida political consultant Doug Guetzloe, who was convicted of failing to file tax returns. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., United States Courthouse, 300 North Hogan St., Jacksonville.)

CITRUS COMMISSION TO GATHER: The Florida Citrus Commission will discuss issues such as its budget and advertising programs. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs.)

PAROLE COMMISSION CONSIDERS CASES: The Florida Parole Commission will consider dozens of cases involving felons who committed crimes during the 1970s and 1980s. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 4070 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

PREPARING FOR DISASTER: The state Division of Emergency Management will continue a three-day “Public-Private Sector Disaster Preparedness Summit.” Among the expected speakers is Joseph Myers, CEO of Disasters, Strategies and Ideas Group. (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., International Palms Resort, 6515 International Dr., Orlando.)

WATER MONITORING AT ISSUE: The Statewide Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council will discuss a series of water-related issues. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 8th Ave. S.E., St. Petersburg.)

VAN POYCK TO BE EXECUTED: The state is scheduled to execute William Van Poyck, who was sentenced to death for his role in the killing of a corrections officer in 1987 in Palm Beach County. Van Poyck took part in an ambush on a prison van in an attempt to free an inmate. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., Florida State Prison, near Starke.)

THURSDAY

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will continue meeting. Among the expected issues is a proposed rule to ban the importation of live deer into Florida. (Thursday, 8:30 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland, 3839 Don Emerson Drive, Lakeland.)

ELECTIONS SUPERVISORS HOLD CONFERENCE: The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections will continue its annual summer conference. (Thursday, 8:30 a.m., Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Blvd., Marco Island.)

PREPARING FOR DISASTER: The state Division of Emergency Management will continue a three-day “Public-Private Sector Disaster Preparedness Summit.” Among the activities will be breakout groups. (Thursday 9:30 a.m., International Palms Resort, 6515 International Dr., Orlando.)

RUBIO AT ROAD TO MAJORITY CONFERENCE: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will take part in a kick-off luncheon for the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority: conference. (Thursday, the conference begins at noon, J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.)

BUSH HEADLINES EVENT FOR CONSERVATIVE WOMEN POLS: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will appear at a Maggie’s List event honoring fiscally conservative women elected to Congress. (Thursday, private reception at 5 p.m., general reception at 6 p.m., Amway Townhouse, 419 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.)

FRIDAY

COLLEGE ACCESS TOPIC OF SUMMIT: The Florida College Access Network will hold an event called the “Florida College Access & Success Summit” to discuss ways to improve college and career readiness, access and completion rates. (Friday, 7:15 a.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel, 700 South Florida Ave., Tampa.)

BUSH, WEST AT ROAD TO MAJORITY CONFERENCE: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., are expected to take part in the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority: conference. (Friday, general session begins at 9 a.m., J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.)

LAND PROJECTS DISCUSSED: The state Acquisition and Restoration Council, which works on conservation issues, will consider a series of land-management and land-acquisition proposals. (Friday, 9 a.m., Department of Environmental Protection, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee.)

FAMILY PLANNING AT ISSUE: The Agency for Health Care Administration will hold a meeting about its attempt to continue receiving federal approval for a program that extends family-planning services to women who have lost Medicaid coverage. (Friday, 10 a.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

SATURDAY

DEMS GATHER FOR JEFFERSON-JACKSON: The Florida Democratic Party will hold its annual Jefferson-Jackson fund-raising event, with speakers expected to include San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. (Saturday, 6 p.m., Westin Diplomat Hotel & Convention Center, 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood.)

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.