Capitol Preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics

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It’s the downhill run to Christmas so the agenda is light this week in official Tallahassee.

One notable exception is Monday’s official vote by Florida’s electors in the presidential election. The state is winner take all, so all 29 electors will cast votes for Democrat Barack Obama for president.


DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS: The Digital Instructional Materials Work Group will meet to discuss and prepare its report on Florida’s transition to digital instructional materials. (Monday, 8:30 a.m., Department of Education, 325 W. Gaines St., Room 1706, Tallahassee.)

OIL SPILL RESPONSE COMMISSION TO MEET: The Commission on Oil Spill Response Coordination, which was created after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will meet to discuss a report that is supposed to be submitted to state leaders by Jan. 1. (Monday, 9 a.m. CST, Walton County South Annex Branch Office, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach.)

ONLINE EDUCATION EXPANSION EYED: The Florida Board of Governors’ Strategic Planning Committee will hold a workshop to discuss expansion of online education. The agenda includes hearing a report from a consulting firm and holding a panel discussion with representatives of public and private universities and colleges and the president of the Florida Council of 100 business group. (Monday, 12:30 p.m., Florida Atlantic University, Davie Campus, Room 105 Student Union Bldg, 3200 College Ave, Davie.)

GIVING IT THE OLD ELECTORAL COLLEGE TRY: Florida’s 29 Democratic Presidential Electors will convene in Tallahassee on Monday afternoon to cast Florida’s votes for president and vice president of the United States. (Monday, 2 p.m., Senate Chambers, The Capitol.)


DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS: The Digital Instructional Materials Work Group continues its discussion of Florida’s transition to digital instructional materials. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Department of Education, 325 W. Gaines St., Room 1706, Tallahassee.)

BEACH PROJECT FUNDING DISCUSSED: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will hold a rule-development workshop about changes in a program that involves funding for beach management projects. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems, 4708 Capital Circle, Training Room, Tallahassee.)


DCF AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMITTEE: The Department of Children and Families Affordable Housing Committee holds a meeting Wednesday to continue discussion of plans to reduce the number of people who are facing homelessness. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Conference Call: 1-888-670-3525; Code: 9798513235#)

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. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., Urban League of Broward County Community Empowerment Center, Empowerment Hall, 560 NW 27 Ave., Fort Lauderdale.)


LIP TALKS ABOUT HEALTH MONEY: The Low Income Pool Council will discuss the billion-dollar-a-year “LIP” program that helps hospitals and other health providers care for poor and uninsured patients. (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.)


TRAUMA CENTERS AT ISSUE: The Florida Department of Health will take comments about a proposed rule dealing with the approval of new trauma centers. An appeals court last month ruled that the department had relied on an invalid rule in approving trauma centers in Pasco, Manatee and Clay counties. (Friday, 9 a.m., the Florida Department of Health, Room 301, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee.)

NOVEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT: The Department of Economic Opportunity releases the state’s unemployment data for November. Florida’s jobless rate fell in October to 8.5 percent, its lowest level since December 2008. (Friday, 10 a.m.)

GREAT FLORIDIANS AD HOC COMMITTEE: A Department of State committee that reviews nominations of “Great Floridians,” who are designated as such by the Secretary of State, holds a meeting on 2013 nominees. (Friday, 11 a.m., Secretary of State’s conference room, R.A. Gray Building, Tallahassee.)

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.