Friday’s legislative agenda: budgets, tuition differentials and the Anti-Foreign Law Bill

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Sine Die 2014 is only seven days away, and all the legislative action now moves to the House and Senate floors for Friday.

With the budget deadline also looming on Tuesday, the Florida Capitol remains a beehive of activity.

Expected Senate votes include allowing tax collectors to accept applications for licenses to carry concealed weapons or firearms, Sen. Alan Hays’ “Anti-Foreign Law Bill” and lowering tuition differentials for college students in the Florida Prepaid Tuition Program.

The House follows with a heavy agenda of its own, including the private marketplace for flood insurance; discrimination based on pregnancy and several health-care related issues, such as trauma centers, telemedicine and expanded powers for nurse practitioners.

9 a.m.:

The Senate Democratic caucus will meet at Room 200 of the Senate Office Building.

10 a.m.:

The Senate will hold a floor session for much of the day. On the agenda will be SB 523, which authorizes approved tax collectors to accept applications for licenses to carry concealed weapons or firearms, SB 386, known as the “Anti-Foreign Law Bill,” which keep Florida judges from applying foreign laws. Senators will also consider SB 732, which could lower the “tuition differential” at Florida universities to 6 percent for those students participating in the Prepaid College Program.

10:30 a.m.:

The House will hold a floor session for much of the day. On the agenda is HB 879/SB 542, which creates a private marketplace in Florida as an alternative to the federal National Flood Insurance Program by allowing private companies to write the insurance previously only been available through the federally subsidized program. In addition, the House will consider HB 105, which prohibits discrimination on basis of pregnancy in employment, labor organizations and licensing. Also expected for a vote is the legislative “train” of health-care-related issues, such as telemedicine, trauma center operation and expanded powers for nurse practitioners.

Elsewhere in Florida:

The Florida Commission on Ethics will consider cases from various areas of the state starting at 8:30 a.m., including Ocala, Homestead, Fort Myers, Marathon, Pasco County, Okeechobee County and Citrus County. The Florida Parole Commission is at 4070 Esplanade Way in Tallahassee.

The Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees will hold a teleconference at 9 a.m. to discuss and possibly approve a contract for a university president. Randy Avent, associate vice president for research at North Carolina State University, has been offered the presidency at Florida Polytechnic, the state’s newest university. (Call-in number: 1-888-670-3525. Code: 5656664913#)

The Florida Department of Transportation launches its anti-litter campaign. It will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol Courtyard. For more information, contact Lisa Garcia at 850-222-1996.

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