TOPPING THE DAY
SCOTT TO SIGN MERIT PAY BILL: Gov. Rick Scott will sign the teacher merit pay bill today at a charter school in Jacksonville. The measure (SB 736), which ties teacher pay in part to their students?test scores starting in 2014, was the first bill sent to the governor this year by the Legislature. The governor will sign the bill at the KIPP ?Knowledge Is Power Program ?School, part of a nationwide chain of public college prep charter schools targeting low-income students. Students at the schools go to school more, including on some Saturdays and through the summer, in addition to having longer days. The bill? Senate sponsor, Republican Sen. Steve Wise, is from Jacksonville. (9:15 a.m., KIPP School Jacksonville, 1440 McDuff Avenue North, Jacksonville.)
SENATE AND HOUSE IN SESSION: Both the Senate and House have later afternoon floor sessions today. Bills calling for student dress codes and outlawing bestiality will be on the Senate floor. The House plans to override vetoes made by Gov. Charlie Crist last year. One would set up a new unlimited fundraising tool for legislative leaders, the other would exempt farms from some local rules.
FINANCE AND TAX: The House Finance and Tax Committee takes up a proposed committee bill dealing with the coprorate income tax, and bills on local business taxes (HB 311), tax credits for contaminated site rehab (HB 641), and other measures. The committee also workshops the proposed limit on how much revenue state and local governments can take in, the so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights-type limit. (11:30 a.m., 17 House Office Building, The Capitol.)
HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS: The House Appropriations Committee has a long agenda today that includes discussion of the two bills overhauling the Medicaid program. (HB 7107, HB 7109). The panel also has along list of trust fund bills to get through. (11:30 a.m., 212 Knott Building, The Capitol.)
RETIREMENT IN STATE AFFAIRS: The House State Affairs Committee takes up legislation (HB 1405) requiring government workers to put part of their salary toward their retirement. (8 a.m., 17 House Office Building.)
OTHER HOUSE COMMITTEES:
Economic Affairs: 8 a.m., 102 House Office Building.
Judiciary: 8 a.m., 404 House Office Building.
HOUSE IN SESSION: The House will take up two proposed veto overrides, holdovers from former Gov. Charlie Crist. One measure is an agriculture bill that deals in part with local rules affecting farms (HJR 7103), the other is a proposal to create new funds for doling out chash that are controlled by legislative learders (HJR 1207). The House has a long list of bills on its special order calendar and has the entire afternoon blocked off.http://flhouse.gov/Sections/HouseNews/BillsBeforeTheHouse.aspx
(2:45 p.m., House Chamber.)
SENATE IN SESSION: The Senate is in session this afternoon. On its third reading calendar it could take up SB 1970 dealing with public records and OPPAGA, SB 84 on community colleges, SB 478, a property tax bill, SB 228, calling for student dress codes, SB 344, banning sex with animals, SB 444, preventing contracting with certain companies that do business in Sudan or Iran, and SB 146, which removes the need for ex-felons to get their civil rights restored before getting many occupational licenses.
SENATE BUDGET SUBS: Senate Budget Subcommittees meet this morning. Most are finalizing their parts of the budget with the full Senate Budget Committee expected to pull together its first full budget next week.
Budget sub schedule:
Education: 8 a.m., 412 Knott.
General Govt: 8 a.m., 401 Senate Office Building.
Health and Human Services, 8 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building.
Criminal and Civil Justice, 8:30 a.m., 37 Senate Office Building.
Higher Ed: 1:15 p.m., 412 Knott Building.
Transportation: 1:15 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building.
After his bill signing in Jacksonville, Gov. Rick Scott heads today to Tampa, where he?l attend a Boy Scouts luncheon, visit a charter school, and attend an economic development meeting.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS: The State University System Board of Governors meets today and tomorrow in Tallahassee. (FSU Alumni Center, Ballroomn, 1030 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee.)http://www.flbog.edu/pressroom/meeting_agenda.php?id=124
SUPREME COURT: The Supreme Court releases regular opinions. (11 a.m.)
CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN POLITICS: The League of Women Voters is holding its gala Celebration of Women in Politics on Thursday evening at the Old Capitol. The gala is part of the League’s annual convention and seminar. Admission is $75. (6 p.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber, The Capitol.)
CIVIL RIGHTS AND IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION: The Greater Miami ACLU and WeCount! Is hosting a town hall meeting on “Civil Rights and the Threat of Anti-Immigrant Legislation.” Panelists will include John De Leon, President of the Greater Miami ACLU and Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition,. (7 p.m., Everglades Village Community Center, 19308 SW 380th Street, Florida City.)