Relatively quiet legislative day on Thursday

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It is a relatively light legislative schedule Thursday, after all the excitement of the session opening, with few earth-shattering committee meetings scheduled. Florida Capitol agendas have not yet been posted, so there could be some surprises; watch this space.

Some events going on around Tallahassee include a Cabinet and FAMU Trustees meeting, as well as juvenile sentencing goes to the Florida Supreme Court.

8:30 a.m.:

The Florida A&M University Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (Thursday, Call-in number: 877-884-1929. Conference ID number: 54949903.)

9 a.m.:

Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet meet in the Cabinet Room to discuss a land sale and acquisition proposals presented by Department of Environmental Protection secretary Herschel Vinyard, as well as reports from the Division of Bond Finance, State Board of Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The proposed sale is of the former A.G. Holley state tuberculosis-hospital in Palm Beach County. Lawmakers decided in 2012 to close the hospital, after operating for decades. Scott and the Cabinet will consider a $15.6 million offer from Southeast Legacy Investments, for nearly 80 acres of the site. The agenda is available online.

The Office of Economic and Demographic Research’s Education Estimating Conference meets in Room 117 of the Knott Building to discuss Florida colleges.

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in four cases, including a case stemming from a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said juveniles convicted of murder cannot face mandatory sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Florida court will consider the Bay County case of Rebecca Falcon, sentenced to life in prison for a murder she committed in 1999 when she was 15 years old. Florida Supreme Court is at 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.

11 a.m.:

The Florida Supreme Court expects to release its weekly opinions.

Elsewhere in Florida:

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection in Fort Myers continues a series of meetings around the state to receive public comment on the department’s water quality assessment and restoration priorities over the next two years. The meeting will be held 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the main conference room at the South Florida Water Management District Lower West Coast Service Center, 2301 McGregor Boulevard.   More information can be found here.


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