Issues legislators face Tuesday: Budgets, speed limits, sports facilities and ticket fraud

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Today, final budget negotiations are due on lawmakers’ desks and the mandatory 72-hour “cooling off period” kicks in. If all goes as planned, the full Legislature will vote on the budget before the Sine Die adjournment on Friday.

Of course, there is other legislative business. In the House, the issues include speed limits, the “Anti-Foreign Law” bill and increased penalties for selling fraudulent tickets to entertainment venues.

For senators, they will consider the process for sports facilities to ask for state money, which includes the high-profile amendment withholding funds from Major League Baseball facilities until the league changes its policy on Cuban ballplayers. Also on the agenda is a bill increasing oversight on “compounding” pharmacies.

9 a.m.:

The Senate Democratic caucus will hold a meeting at Room 200 of the Senate Office Building.

The House will hold a floor session for much of the day. Among the bills on the agenda are SB 392, which allows the Florida Department of Transportation to raise speed limits on certain state highways; SB 386, to ban the use of foreign laws in courts statewide; HB 1057 to increase the penalties for anyone who counterfeits, forges or alters entertainment venue tickets.

10 a.m.:

The Senate is expected to take up a bill (SB 1216) sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala that would set up a new process that the state would use in determining whether to help pay for sports stadium projects, which include an amendment withholding funds for Major League Baseball facilities until it changes its policy on Cuban ballplayers. Among other issues, the Senate could consider a bill (SB 662), sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean, that would increase oversight of out-of-state “compounding” pharmacies — a proposal that supporters say could help prevent a repeat of the deadly 2012 outbreak of fungal meningitis that stemmed from problems at a Massachusetts pharmacy.

Elsewhere in Florida:

Rep. Jose Felix Diaz and Rep. Mike Hill will be among the speakers during a news conference at 8:30 a.m. outside the fourth floor House chamber urging the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Florida Supreme Court will consider three cases beginning at 9 a.m., including one about a public reprimand to Palm Beach County Judge Barry Cohen about comments he made involving cases and an election. The Court is at 500 South Duval St. in Tallahassee.

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