Sine Die 2014: Budget vote, trauma centers, on-demand limousine service and pharmacy technicians

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Sine Die 2014 cuts it close with the Florida budget, as the mandatory 72-hour “cooling off” period ends at about 8:35 p.m. Friday, and the final budget of nearly $77 billion gets its time on the House and Senate floors.

Some of the bills facing the House on Friday are the bill that could allow Uber to operate in Tampa, one that requires report cards to include school and district return on investment ratings, and a bill requiring parents to make restitution for a child’s offense.

The Senate is expected to decide on the fate of three disputed trauma centers, create the Agency for State Technology, and vote increasing the number of certified pharmacy technicians a licensed pharmacist may supervise.

9 a.m.:

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

10 a.m.:

The House is holding its last session in 2014. Among the remaining bills on the House schedule include HB 1389, which restricts the authority of special district to regulate use of limousines for hire using digital transportation request services. Passage could open the door for on-demand towncar services as Uber to operate in Tampa. HB 875 requires school report cards to include school & school district return-on-investment (ROI) ratings; and HB 455, which requires a child’s parent or guardian, in addition to child, to make restitution for damage or loss caused by child’s offense.

The Senate will also be holding its final session. On the agenda is a decision on HB 7113, for the continuation of three disputed trauma centers approved by the Department of Health; HB 7073, creating the Agency for State Technology and SB 278, which increases the number of registered pharmacy technicians a licensed pharmacist may supervise.

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