Capitol Preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics

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It’s a quiet week ahead of the first legislative committee week of the year, with nothing on tap at the Legislature. With the storm of legislating about to hit, though, Floridians this week mark the end of the Hurricane Season that delayed the Republican National Convention and showed New Yorkers what Floridians deal with in many years.

Most of the attention this week will be on the PSC and the ongoing scrutiny of Citizens Property Insurance, and a major Chamber of Commerce insurance huddle in Orlando.


OIL SPILL PREPARATIONS DISCUSSED: The Florida Commission on Oil Spill Response Coordination, which was formed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will discuss issues related to protecting the state from potential future disasters. (Monday, 9 a.m., Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway S.E., Fort Walton Beach.)

CITIZENS CLAIMS COMMITTEE MEETS: Sinkholes and water losses are among the agenda items before the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. claims committee, which is meeting via conference call. Sinkhole claims year to date are lower than last year but Citizens still plans to pay out $174 million in sinkhole claims, a 21 percent increase over 2011. (Monday, 1 p.m. Teleconference: 866-361-7525 Participant Code: 5219676193#)

NUCLEAR COSTS DECIDED: The state Public Service Commission will decide how much money customers of Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy Florida should pay in 2013 for nuclear-power projects. PSC staff recently recommended that customers pay a total of $294 million, which would go toward upgrading existing plants and taking steps toward building new reactors. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)


EDUCATION REFORM SUMMIT IN DC: The Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform, hosted by former Gov. Jeb Bush and the Foundation for Excellence in Education, starts Tuesday and goes through Wednesday in Washington. In addition to Bush, participants include Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others. More info is at:
(Tuesday, Wednesday, JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington.)

SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS AND BOARD MEMBERS: The Florida School Boards Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents hold their joint annual conference. It runs Tuesday through Friday. (Tuesday, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tampa.)

PROGRESS ENERGY INSURANCE AT ISSUE: The state Public Service Commission will wade back into a complex issue about Progress Energy Florida’s idled Crystal River nuclear plant. The issue centers on how much money Progress can expect to collect in 2013 from an insurance policy. The amount of insurance proceeds will affect how much customers pay next year for what is known as “replacement power” to meet the utility’s generating needs. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

CITIZENS BOARD OF GOVERNORS: Citizens Property Insurance Corp’s board of governors will convene for a workshop. Included in the discussion are updates on reports that that the state-backed insurer mishandled internal investigations, provided excessive severance packages and made other missteps prior to disbanding of the Office of Corporate Integrity earlier this year. (Tuesday 11 a.m., 212 Knott Building, The Capitol.  Teleconference number is 1-888-942-8686 Participant Code: 5743735657#).

JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORMS DISCUSSED: The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the agency’s efforts to reform juvenile justice. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., Santa Fe College, WA-108, Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville.)


CITIZENS INSURANCE COMMITTEE MEETS: The actuarial and underwriting committee of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. meets via conference call. An agenda for the meeting was not available as of Wednesday, Nov. 21. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., Teleconference number 866-361-7525 Participant Code: 8632017402#)

CHAMBER HOSTS INSURANCE SUMMIT: The Florida Chamber of Commerce will start a three-day insurance summit that includes issues such as no-fault auto insurance, the federal Affordable Care Act, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund. (Wednesday, 2 p.m., Boardwalk Resort at Walt Disney World, 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista.)


REPORTING OF HEALTH CARE DATA DISCUSSED: The State Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Committee will meet to discuss issues related to public reporting of health-care data. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

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

PANEL TO DECIPHER MEDICAID COSTS: The Social Services Estimating Conference will discuss expenditures in the Medicaid program. (Thursday, 1:30 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)


OFFICIAL END OF HURRICANE SEASON: Florida was largely spared this year while most of the storms that threatened turned north out at seat, notably, of course, Sandy, which hit the northeast. Still, most Floridians are happy to see the season go. The Panhandle and interior north Florida this year had to deal with Tropical Storm Debby, which left Wakulla and Franklin counties a soggy mess, before moving across the peninsula and soaking the area around the Suwannee River . Beryl brought rain to northeast Florida. But the storm that may have had the biggest impact on Florida government and politics was Hurricane Isaac, even though it never hit Florida. Isaac’s uncertain path, which at one point had Tampa Bay in its sites, delayed the Republican National Convention.

BOARD OF MEDICINE IN ORLANDO: The Florida Board of Medicine will meet. (Friday, 7 a.m., The Peabody Orlando, 9801 International Dr., Orlando.)

ETHICS COMMISSION TO MEET: The Florida Commission on Ethics will consider issues such as an advisory opinion about a former state Department of Transportation employee representing a department contractor. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SCOTT TO ADDRESS INSURANCE SUMMIT: Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to address the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s insurance summit. (Friday, 10 a.m., Boardwalk Resort at Walt Disney World, 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista.)

FISHMAN SPEAKS AT ECONOMIC CLUB: Ted Fishman, author of the new book Shock of Gray, the Aging of the World’s Population and his previous book China, Inc., talks about longer lives and the older population. (Friday, 12:10 p.m., Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, A2-A3, Tallahassee.)

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