Capitol preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics

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In a holiday-shortened week in between two committee weeks, most of what little action there is in commissions and higher education. The week starts with Gov. Rick Scott’s public hospital group. A key study group also looks at assisted living facilities in a field hearing in Miami.

The highlight of the week is likely the Board of Governor’s meeting, also outside the capital. The BOG meets in Boca Raton and will have several high profile items, including dental school considerations and the University of South Florida Poly Tech issue.

A rundown from the News Service of Florida.

MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011

STATE EMPLOYEE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD: The once-a-year-open enrollment period for state employees and retirees to make insurance benefit changes begins Monday. Participants have until Nov. 18 to make any changes. After Open Enrollment, employees and retirees can only change their enrollment or add or remove dependents with a qualifying event. (Monday)

PUBLIC HOSPITALS PROBED: The Commission on Review of Taxpayer Funded Hospital Districts will continue discussing whether changes should be made in Florida

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