Senate committees and full House session on Wednesday legislative agenda

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In addition to a full House meeting Wednesday afternoon to consider the upcoming budget, a number of Senate committees will meet on a number of issues, including a sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies, child welfare, regulating the number of pharmacy technicians an individual pharmacist can observe and curbing wage theft in the state.

The Senate Rules Committee will consider an earlier start to the 2016 legislative session while the Education Appropriations Subcommittee will look at creating a new scholarship program for students with disabilities.

8 a.m.:

The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Morris Hall of the House Office Building.

9 a.m.:

The Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Room 412 of the Knott building to  consider a bill (SB 1512), filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, that includes creating a new scholarship program called “Personalized Accounts for Learning” for students with disabilities.

The Florida Parole Commission meets at 4070 Esplanade Way in Tallahassee to vote on cases before the commission. The agenda can be found here.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education meets in Room 412 of the Knott Building to consider a plan to expand school choice for children with disabilities.

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

10 a.m.:

The Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission meets in the Rhyne Building at 2740 Centerview Drive in Tallahassee to deliberate on cases ready for a final review.

10:30 a.m.:

The House will take up its proposed 2014-15 budget and consider amendments.

11:45 a.m.:

The Senate Democratic caucus meets in Room 200 of the Senate Office Building.

1 p.m.:

The Senate Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Room 412 Knott Building to consider bills (SB 1666 and SB 1668) aimed at improving Florida’s child-welfare system. Lawmakers have focused heavily on the system in recent months after a series of child deaths caused by neglect and abuse.

The Senate Finance & Tax Subcommittee meets in Room 37 of the Senate Office Building to consider a series of issues including a bill (SB 362), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, that would allow Floridians to buy hurricane supplies from June 1 to June 12 without paying sales taxes on the items.

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

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government meets in Room 110 of the Senate Building to consider six bills, including SB 914, which would require the state to consider a vendor’s experience when evaluating bids for state contracts.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services meets in in Room 412 of the Knott Building to consider a three-pronged proposal to reform the child welfare system.

The Senate Rules Committee meets in Room 110 of the Senate building to take up bills such as proposal (SB 72), filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, to move up the start of the 2016 legislative session to January. Also, the committee will consider a proposal (SB 278), filed by Sen. Denise Grimsley, that would increase the number of pharmacy technicians that pharmacists are allowed to supervise. In addition, they will consider including a measure (SB 926) that would create requirements for county ordinances regulating wage theft.

Elsewhere in Florida:

Senate President Don Gaetz, will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the fourth floor Senate president’s office with about a dozen city leaders from communities stretching from Tallahassee to Pensacola.

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