Capitol Preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics

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In the wake of Duke Energy Florida announcing it will scrap plans for two nuclear reactors in Levy County, a debate about nuclear-project costs will shift Monday to the state Public Service Commission. Later Monday, the state is scheduled to execute a mass murderer from Miami-Dade County. Then, Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet will become the main attraction as they decide Tuesday whether to allow researchers to exhume remains at a former reform school in Jackson County.


PROPERTY TAXES TALLIED: The Revenue Estimating Conference will discuss ad valorem, or property tax, revenues. (Monday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

NUCLEAR COSTS DISCUSSED: The Florida Public Service Commission will start a hearing about costs that would be passed along to customers of Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy Florida in 2014 for nuclear-power projects. The PSC could defer the portion of the hearing related to Duke’s costs, after the utility announced an agreement that includes scrapping a controversial nuclear project in Levy County. Regulators are expected to take up the agreement, which also deals with base electric rates and other issues, later this year. (Monday, 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

MEDICAID COSTS AT ISSUE: The Social Services Estimating Conference will discuss Medicaid expenditures, a key issue in the state budget. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

FERGUSON SET TO BE EXECUTED: John Errol Ferguson, who was convicted of murdering eight people in the 1970s in Miami-Dade County, is scheduled to be executed. Ferguson, now 65, was sentenced to death for the 1977 murders of six Carol City residents who were killed execution style following a drug-related robbery. Six months later, Ferguson abducted and killed a pair of high school students on their way to meet friends at an ice cream shop in Hialeah. (Monday, 6 p.m., Florida State Prison, near Starke.)


CABINET TO CONSIDER DOZIER ISSUE: Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will consider a proposal that would allow University of South Florida researchers to exhume reportedly unaccounted-for bodies of boys who died between 1900 and 1952 at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a former “high risk” reform school in Marianna. The proposal was brought forward by Attorney General Pam Bondi after USF’s excavation efforts were denied by Secretary of State Ken Detzner and a circuit judge. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

ADKINS TO HOLD EDUCATION SUMMIT: State Rep. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, will hold an education “leadership summit” that will include community leaders and educators from northeast Florida. One meeting of the summit will be held in Nassau County, and another will be held in Duval County. (First meeting: 12:15 p.m., Red Bean Technical Career Center at The Betty P. Cook Nassau Center of Florida State College, 76346 William Burgess Blvd, Yulee. Second meeting: 5:30 p.m., Fletcher High School, 700 Seagate Ave., Neptune Beach.)

KIDCARE ENROLLMENT TOUTED: State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Surgeon General John Armstrong and Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek are expected to take part in an event highlighting increased enrollment in the KidCare health-insurance program for children. The event also will kick off a back-to-school effort to enroll children. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., Early Learning Coalition, 1940 North Monroe St., #70, Tallahassee.)

SOBEL TO HOLD TOWN HALL ON INSURANCE: Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, will hold a town-hall meeting to help residents with concerns about property-insurance policies. Sobel has invited insurance experts, including state Insurance Consumer Advocate Robin Westcott. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., Hallandale Beach City Hall, 400 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach.)


APD ISSUES DISCUSSED: Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director Barbara Palmer will talk about issues from the 2013 legislative session and answer questions during a town-hall meeting in Fort Myers. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 2438 Second St., Fort Myers.)

PANEL LOOKS AT SCHOOL FACILITIES MONEY: The Revenue Estimating Conference will discuss the Public Education Capital Outlay, or PECO, program that helps pay for education-construction projects. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

SPACE FLORIDA BOARD TO MEET: The Space Florida Board of Directors is scheduled to meet in Destin. (Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., Hilton Sandestin, 4000 South Sandestin Blvd., Destin.)

SILVER SPRINGS PROJECTS AT ISSUE: The Department of Environmental Protection will provide updates about a series of issues related to the Silver Springs area, including repairs on the Silver Springs attraction property and a land-management plan for the Silver River State Park and the Silver Springs attraction. (Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fort King Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 13 N.E. 36th Ave., Ocala.)


ENTERPRISE FLORIDA BOARD TO MEET: The Enterprise Florida Board of Directors will meet in Destin, with the agenda including presentations from leaders of The St. Joe Co., L-3 Crestview Aerospace and Duke Energy Florida. The board will gather after a series of committee and task-force meetings Wednesday. (Thursday, 8:30 a.m., Hilton Sandestin, 4000 South Sandestin Blvd., Destin.)

EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE DISCUSSED: The Self-Insurance Estimating Conference will analyze costs in the state-employee health insurance program. (Thursday, 9:30 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

TALKING ABOUT LIP: The Low Income Pool (LIP) Council will meet to discuss the $1-billion-a-year program that sends additional money to hospitals and other health providers that serve large numbers of poor and uninsured patients. The federal government recently agreed to extend the LIP program as part of Florida’s shift to a statewide Medicaid managed-care system. (Thursday, 1 p.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

APD TOWN HALL IN SARASOTA: Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director Barbara Palmer will continue a series of town-hall meetings to talk about issues from the 2013 legislative session and to answer questions. (Thursday, 2:30 p.m., Fruitville Public Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota.)


PANEL TO ADD UP GENERAL REVENUE: The Revenue Estimating Conference will discuss general-revenue taxes, a key source of funding for education, health and criminal-justice programs. (Friday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)