Planning to spend Monday night in Broward County? You might get an early wake-up call Tuesday when explosions bring down Florida Power & Light’s old Port Everglades Power Plant.
Elsewhere in the state, however, the action will be quieter next week. The Florida Board of Education will discuss how to handle school grades, a federal appeals court will hear arguments about the “docs vs. glocks” law, and new unemployment numbers will be released.
The News Service of Florida offers this preview of the week ahead.
CONGRESSIONAL REPORTS DUE: Congressional candidates face a Monday deadline for filing campaign-finance reports.
WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS DUE: Monday is the final day that the Florida Commission on the Status of Women will accept nominations for the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. Nomination forms are available at fcsw.net or by calling 850-414-3300. Also, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women is housed in the Attorney General’s Office, PL-01, the Capitol.
GAMBLING MONEY AT ISSUE: The state Revenue Estimating Conference will hold back-to-back meetings to discuss money from slot machines, Indian casinos and the lottery. (Monday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
PORT EVERGLADES PLANT CRASHES DOWN: Florida Power & Light plans to use controlled explosions to demolish the old Port Everglades Power Plant in Broward County. The utility is replacing the plant with a new $1.2 billion Port Everglades facility. (Tuesday, 6:45 a.m.)
APPEALS COURT TO HEAR PUBLIC RECORDS DISPUTE: The 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in a public-records fight between The Florida Times-Union and the state Department of Education about the release of “value added” data used in measuring teacher performance. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)
COUNTING KIDS: The state Education Estimating Conference will meet to consider public-school enrollment in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)
BOARD OF ED TO TALK SCHOOL GRADES: The Florida Board of Education will hold a conference call to discuss school grades. Amid concerns about changes in the grading system, Education Commissioner Tony Bennett has proposed continuing a temporary policy that prevents schools from dropping more than one letter grade in a year. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., conference call: 1-800-798-2864; passcode: 76102989.)
HEALTH CHOICES DISCUSSES OBAMACARE: The Florida Health Choices board will meet and discuss issues related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the impact on the Health Choices program. Lawmakers in 2008 created Florida Health Choices to serve as an online marketplace for health services. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., GrayRobinson, P.A., 301 East Pine St., Orlando.)
PAROLE COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Parole Commission will consider dozens of cases involving people convicted of felonies in the 1970s and 1980s. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 4070 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)
INSURANCE CLAIMS AT ISSUE: The Homeowners’ Policy & Claims Bill of Rights Working Group, which was launched by state Insurance Consumer Advocate Robin Westcott, will meet to discuss possible improvements in the claims process for homeowners. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)
APD TOWN HALL IN PANAMA CITY: Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director Barbara Palmer will discuss the 2013 legislative session and address questions during a town hall meeting. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., Holley Language and Literature Building, Sarzin Lecture Hall, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 West Highway 98, Panama City.)
CITIZENS MEETING WITH REP. RODRIGUEZ: Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will hold “office hours” in the district office of Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami. Citizens policy holders in House District 112 can schedule meetings with the staff from the state-backed insurer by calling 305-854-0365. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 2100 Coral Way, Suite 601, Miami.)
DOCS VS. GLOCKS HEARING: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments about what has become known as Florida’s “docs vs. glocks” law. The state appealed a district judge’s ruling that blocked enforcement of provisions of the 2011 law, which would restrict doctors and other medical providers from asking questions about gun ownership during medical visits.(Thursday, 9 a.m., James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building, 99 N.E. Fourth St., Miami.)
INSURANCE CLAIMS DISCUSSED: The Homeowners’ Policy & Claims Bill of Rights Working Group, which was launched by state Insurance Consumer Advocate Robin Westcott, will hold a second day of meetings to discuss possible improvements in the claims process for homeowners. (Thursday, 9 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)
DEFENSE TASK FORCE CONVERGES ON OLDEST CITY: The Florida Defense Support Task Force, which works on issues related to state military missions and installations, will meet. (Thursday, 9 a.m., Florida National Guard St. Francis Barracks, the Cedar Room, 82 Marine St., St. Augustine.)
APD TOWN HALL IN PENSACOLA: Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director Barbara Palmer will hold a town-hall meeting to discuss this year’s legislative session and to answer questions. (Thursday, 3 p.m., Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, 6205 N W St., Pensacola.)
PERRY TO HOLD TOWN HALL: State Rep. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, will hold a town-hall meeting to provide a legislative update and to hear ideas for the 2014 session. (Thursday, 5 p.m., Millhopper library, 3145 N.W. 43rd St., Gainesville.)
CAMPBELL TO HOLD TOWN HALL: State Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, will hold a town-hall meeting to discuss the 2013 legislative session and voter concerns heading into the 2014 session. (Thursday, 7 p.m., Village of El Portal.)
UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS RELEASED: The state Department of Economic Opportunity will release unemployment figures for June. (10 a.m.)
FLORIDA ECONOMY EXAMINED: The state Economic Estimating Conference will meet to discuss Florida’s economy. (Friday, 1:30 p.m., 117 Knott Building.)