Legislature takes time on busy Wednesday to honor Ruebin Askew

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On Wednesday, appropriations subcommittees will meet to work on the Senate’s initial 2014-15 budget proposals.

At the same time, other Senate panels will be taking up the popular back-to-school sales tax holiday and look at rewriting the rules for charities.

The Senate will also consider allowing people complying with a mandatory evacuation to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Another committee will consider regulating the parasailing industry.

Before the House holds its evening session, subcommittee meetings will address exempting animal researchers at public research facilities from public records, revising limits to workers’ compensation fees, human trafficking and increasing penalties on fraudulent controlled substance prescriptions.

Also on the House committee agenda Wednesday is revising circumstances under which physician assistants can prescribe or administer medication, and modify application requirements for physician assistant licensure and license renewal.

In honor of former Gov. Reubin Askew, both the House and Senate will not hold meetings during his memorial service in Tallahassee.

The House will end  committee meetings at 1:30 p.m., resuming with the floor session at 5 p.m. The Senate will not take any meetings between 12:30 and 5 p.m.

8 a.m.:

The Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Room 412 of the Knott Building to discuss budgets.

The House Ethics & Elections Subcommittee meets in Webster Hall, Room 212 of the Knott building to consider PCB EES 14-01 — Ethics Training for Public Officers.

8:30 a.m.:

The Senate Criminal & Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Room 37 of the Senate Office Building to work on budgets.

9 a.m.:

The Senate Transportation, Tourism & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Room 110 of the Senate Office Building to work on budgets.

The House Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee meets in Reed hall, Room 102 of the House Office Building to consider HB 993 – exempting from public records the identities of Animal Researchers at Public Research Facilities.

The Florida Parole Commission meets at 4070 Esplanade Way in Tallahassee to consider dozens of cases stemming from felonies committed in the 1970s and 1980s.

The House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee meets in Sumner Hall, Room 404 of the House Office Building to consider HB 1035 – Insurance; HB 1351 — Workers’ Compensation Fees; CS/HB 331 — Residential Tenant Insurance Policies; HB 1267 — Family Trust Companies; HB 1269 — Pub. Rec./Family Trust Companies/OFR; HB 1271 — Insurer Solvency; and HB 1273 — Pub. Rec./Proprietary Business Information/OIR.

The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Morris Hall, Room 17 of the house office Building to consider CS/HB 183 – additional penalties for Drivers Leaving the Scene of a Crash; CS/HB 517 — Fraudulent Controlled Substance Prescriptions; CS/HB 659 — Protective Orders; HB 841 — Crime Stoppers Trust Fund; CS/HB 989 — Human Trafficking; and HB 7055 — Juvenile Justice.

9:30 a.m.:

The House Economic Development & Tourism Subcommittee meets in Room 12 of the House Office Building to consider CS/HB 567 — Hurricane Preparedness; HB 1057 — Ticket Sales; HB 7047 — OGSR/Scripps Florida Funding Corporation

10 a.m.:

The Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission meets the Rhyne building, 2740 Centerview Dr., in Tallahassee to deliberate on cases ready for final review.

11 a.m.:

The Senate Community Affairs committee meets in Room 301 of the Senate Office Building to consider several bills, including SB 612, which overrides local preference laws in municipalities when awarding construction contracts using state money.

The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space and Domestic Security Committee meets in Room 37 of the Senate Office Building to consider five bills, including SB 296, which allows people complying with a mandatory evacuation to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

The Senate Community Affairs Committee meets in Room 301 of the Senate Office Building to take up a proposal (SB 320), filed by Sen. Maria Sachs, that would place regulations on the parasailing industry. The bill comes after high-profile parasailing accidents, including an incident last year in Panama City Beach that injured two girls.

11:30 a.m.:

The Select Committee on Gaming meets in Morris Hall, Room 17 of the House office Building to consider HB 1383, the bill to expand gambling across the state.

The Select Committee on Health Care Workforce Innovation meets in Reed Hall, room 102 of the House Office Building to consider HB 1059 — Nursing Education Programs and HB 1275 — Revises circumstances under which physician assistant is authorized to prescribe or dispense medication; revises application requirements for licensure as physician assistant & license renewal.

5 p.m.:

The House will hold an afternoon session.

The Senate General Government Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Room 110 of the Senate Office Building to discuss budgets.

The Senate Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Room 412 of the Knott Building to discuss budgets.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Finance and Tax meets in Room 37 of the Senate Office Building to consider five bills, including a proposal backed by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam that would rewrite rules for charities.

The Senate Finance & Tax Subcommittee meets in Room 37 of the Senate Office Building to take up a proposal (SB 792), filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, that would create a sales-tax holiday for back-to-school shoppers over a three-day period in August. During the period, people could buy items such as clothes and school supplies without paying sales taxes.

Elsewhere in Florida:

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and PICO United Florida will hold a protest at 8:45 a.m. to call on Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members to restore the civil rights of people who have been convicted of felonies in the past. The events will be in conjunction with a clemency board meeting. The march starts at First Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee, 110 North Adams St., Tallahassee. A news conference will follow at the Historic Capitol.

The Florida Citrus Commission will meet in Polk County 9 a.m. at the Florida Department of Citrus, 605 East Main St. in Bartow.

The Florida League of Cities holds a webinar at 2 p.m. for local governments on the effects of rising sea levels. Registration is here.

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