Hefty agenda faces Tallahassee on Monday

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Starting the week in Tallahassee is a series of legislative meetings addressing a wide range of critical Florida issues — rules on nurse practitioners and anesthesia, regulations on charitable organizations and the future of gambling in Florida.

In addition, Monday at the Capitol caps off with some weighty discussions on bills dealing with ethics and bullying.


The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee meets in Room 301 of the Senate Office Building to discuss the process for auditing lobbying-firm compensation reports. The committee took up the issue after questions were raised about accurate reports filed by lobbying firms


The Senate Gaming Committee meets in Room 110 of the Senate Office Building to continue discussions on what issues to include in a bill revamping the state’s gambling industry. Among a list of suggestions are allowing one or more extensive “destination resort” casinos in South Florida.

3:30 p.m.:

The House Select Committee on Health Care Workforce Innovation meets in Morris Hall of the House Office Building to pick up the controversial proposal PCB SCHCWI 14-01, which would allow primary-care nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists to practice independently of physician supervision.

4 p.m.:

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee meets in Room 110 Senate Office Building to take up SB 638 a proposal sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes to tighten oversight of charitable organizations. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has also supported such legislation, after the state accused an organization called Allied Veterans of the World of posing as a charity to run illegal gambling through Internet cafes across the state.

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee meets in Room 37 of the Senate Office Building to assess SB 548, filed by Sen. David Simmons, making people who bully others a misdemeanor violation.

The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee meets in Room 412 of the Knott Building to consider issues that could be included in an ethics bill.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.