Slower legislative Friday in Tallahassee after a hectic week

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The Friday of a hectic week in Tallahassee brings a few less committee meetings, with neither chamber in session.

Three House committees meet Friday, to consider bills that include revising professional sporting events that are exempt from admissions tax, requiring drivers to move over when approaching sanitation or utility service vehicle performing service-related task on roadside and calling for the creation of an automated license plate recognition system and personal identifying information of individual.

Also on the House agenda are increased penalties for offenses against vulnerable persons and sexual offenses against students by authority figures and modifications to juvenile sentencing, requiring judges to consider specified factors before determining if life imprisonment is appropriate

9 a.m.:

The House Economic Affairs Committee meets in Reed Hall, Room 102 of the House Office Building to consider several bills including CS/HB 17 — Motorist Safety; CS/CS/HB 19 – to establish a “Yellow Dot Critical Motorist Medical Information Program”; CS/HB 155 – Establishes a Defense Works in Florida Incentive for Defense Contracting; HB 231 — Revises professional sporting events that are exempt from admissions tax; CS/HB 469 — Requires driver to move over when approaching sanitation or utility service vehicle performing service-related task on roadside.; CS/CS/HB 599 – calling for the creation of an automated license plate recognition system and personal identifying information of individual; and  CS/HB 731 – creating a POW-MIA Chair of Honor Memorial.

The House Judiciary Committee meets in Sumner Hall, Room 404 of the House Office Building CS/HB 69 — Pub. Rec./Names of Spouses and Children of Public Defenders and Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel; CS/HB 409 — Offenses Against Vulnerable Persons; CS/HB 485 — Sexual Offenses Against Students by Authority Figures; CS/HB 569 — Nursing Home Litigation; CS/HB 609 — Establishes qualifications of delegates & alternate delegates to Article V constitutional convention; CS/HB 697 — Controlled Substances; CS/HB 757 – Estates; CS/HB 1013 — Court-Ordered Expunction of Criminal History Records; and HB 7035 — Juvenile Sentencing, which requires judge to consider specified factors before determining if life imprisonment is appropriate.

9:30 a.m.:

The House State Affairs Committee meets in Morris Hall, Room 17 of the House Office Building to consider CS/HB 601 — Reclaimed Water; HM 607 — Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan; HB 683 — Hillsborough County; HB 1049 – Divers; HB 7045 — OGSR/Florida Insurance Guaranty Association; HB 7047 — OGSR/Scripps Florida Funding Corporation; HB 7049 — OGSR/Dependent Children Insured by Agency Group Insurance Plan; HB 7089 — Ratification of Rules/Department of Environmental Protection; HB 7101 — OGSR/Inventory of Estate or Elective Estate and Accounting in Estate Proceeding; HB 7103 — OGSR/Florida Defense Support Task Force

Elsewhere in Florida:

The State Consumer Health Information & Policy Advisory Council meets 10 a.m. at the Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr. in Tallahassee to discuss issues involving public reporting of health-care data.

A public graveside service will be held for former Gov. Reubin Askew, who died Thursday at age 85, at 11 a.m. Central time, Bayview Memorial Park, 3351 Scenic Highway in Pensacola.

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