Meetings, measures and both chambers in session on Thursday in Tallahassee

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Both chambers of the Florida Legislature in session Thursday afternoon; the Senate expects final considerations on making private flood insurance policies available in Florida, prohibit employers from discriminating against pregnant women and a bill allowing people to fire “warning shots” when they feel threatened.

Among measures the House committees will examine include revising the number of Pharmacy Technicians a pharmacist can monitor, allows the DHSMV to share information with other agencies for Background Screening, permitting Florida tax collectors to accept applications for licenses to carry concealed weapons or firearms and exempting some of the information collected in those applications from public records laws.

A bill to be heard in House committee , called by opponents the “the anti-vacation rental bill,” allows local governments to pass laws, ordinances, or regulations regulating the use of vacation rentals based solely on category, use, or occupancy. Some see it as ending the practice of renting vacation homes for a week or two.

House committees will also consider measures calling on the federal government to provide a balanced budget, and another calling for limits on federal power.

8 a.m.:

The Senate Environmental Preservation & Conservation Committee meets in Room 110 of the Senate Office Building.

The Senate Governmental Oversight & Accountability Committee meets in Room 412 of the Knott Building.

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee meets in Room 301 of the Senate Office Building.

The Senate Transportation Committee meets in Room 37 of the Senate Office Building.

9 a.m.:

The House Education Committee meets in Reed Hall, Room 102 of the House Office Building to consider CS/HB 115 — Public Meetings/University Direct-Support Organization; HB 377 — Educational Facilities Financing; and CS/HB 7057 — Career Centers and Charter Technical Career Centers.

The House Health & Human Services Committee meets in Morris Hall, Room 17 of the House Office Building to consider HB 91 — State Ombudsman Program; CS/HB 203 – sets definitions for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth; HB 323 – revises the number of Pharmacy Technicians a pharmacist can supervise; CS/HB 419 — Pub. Rec./Department of Health; CS/HB 455 — Restitution for Juvenile Offenses; CS/HB 463 – allows the DHSMV to share information with other agencies for Background Screening; CS/HB 511 — Cancer Control and Research; CS/HB 589 — Children and Youth Cabinet; and HB 591 — Newborn Health Screening.

The House Regulatory Affairs Committee meets in Sumner Hall, Room 404 of the House Office Building to consider CS/HB 175 — Emergency Communication System; CS/HB 177 — Pub. Rec./Prepaid Wireless E911 Fee; CS/CS/HB 185 — Gasoline Stations; CS/CS/HB 223 — Professional Geology; CS/HB 387 — Malt Beverage Tastings; CS/HB 401 — Underwriting, Cancellation Period, & Other Terms of Motor Vehicle Insurance Policies; CS/CS/HB 523 – allowing tax collectors to accept applications for licenses to carry concealed weapons or firearms; CS/HB 525 — exemption from public records requirements for certain personal identifying information held by tax collector when individual applies for license to carry concealed weapon or firearm; CS/HB 565 – Insurance; CS/HB 713 – Engineers; HB 725 — Public Accountancy.

10 a.m.:

The House Local & Federal Affairs Committee meets in Webster Hall, Room 212 of the Knott Building to consider HM 261 – a measure on the Constitutional Convention/Single-Subject Requirement for Federal Legislation; HM 381 – a measure commenting on Article V Convention of the States; HM 625 – a measure calling for a Balanced Federal Budget. Bills under consideration include HB 307 — Deletes restriction preventing local laws, ordinances, or regulations from regulating use of vacation rentals based solely on their classification, use, or occupancy.; HB 931 — West Palm Beach Firefighters Pension Fund; HB 1143 — Acme Improvement District, Palm Beach County; HB 1145 — West Palm Beach Police Pension Fund; and HB 1297 — Lealman Special Fire Control District, Pinellas County.

10:30 p.m.:

The Senate Rules Committee meets in Room 110 of the Senate Office Building.

Noon:

The House Appropriations Committee meets in Webster Hall, Room 212 of the Knott Building to consider CS/HB 337 — Florida Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program; HB 515 — Public Assistance Fraud; CS/HB 709 — Alzheimer’s Disease; CS/HB 843 – Cannabis; HB 7081 — Tax Administration

The House Finance & Tax Subcommittee meets in Morris Hall, Room 17 of the House Office Building to consider HB 901 — Ad Valorem Taxes and Non-Ad Valorem Assessments Against Subdivision Property; and HB 939 — Bail Bond Premiums.

1:30 p.m.:

Senators will meet in session to consider for final passage proposals to help private companies offer flood insurance in the state, prohibit employers from discriminating against pregnant women and a bill that would allow people to fire “warning shots” when they feel threatened.

3:30 p.m.:

The House will hold an afternoon session.

Elsewhere in Florida:

The Florida Supreme Court meets at 11 a.m. to release its weekly opinions.

The state university system’s Board of Governors will meet at 1:30 p.m. in Florida State University, Turnbull Conference Center, 555 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee. The full board meeting will follow a series of committee meetings Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Former Gov. Reubin Askew, who represented the Pensacola area in the Legislature before being elected governor, will lie in repose at his former home church. Askew died Thursday at age 85. The public will be able to pay respects from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time at First Presbyterian Church Pensacola, 33 East Gregory St., Pensacola.

Democratic attorney-general candidate George Sheldon will raise money during an event in Panama City starting 5 p.m. at the Harbor Village Condominiums, Penthouse 3, 3001 West 10th St. in Panama City.

A fund-raising reception for Republican Julio Gonzalez begins 5:30 p.m., at 270 Tamiami Trail South, Venice. Gonzalez is seeking to replace term-limited Rep. Doug Holder in House District 74.

Robert Lavern Henry, who murdered two women at a Deerfield Beach fabric store in 1987, is scheduled to be executed 6 p.m. at the Florida State Prison near Starke.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting in Osceola County 6 p.m., Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 Dakin Ave. in Kissimmee to gather information about a plan by Sabal Trail Transmission to build a 474-mile natural gas pipeline from Alabama to Central Florida.

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