Tuesday, Tallahassee committees are in full swing

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On Tuesday, the Florida Capitol fills with action, with committees examining a number of legislative issues – the Florida lottery, child welfare, college tuition, banning sales of electronic cigarettes to minors, regulating charities, increasing penalties for hit and run, pension reform, a telemedicine framework, addressing Florida’s looming doctor shortage and more. 

Also on Tuesday, the steps of the historic Capitol building will be the site of a “clean water” rally.

9 a.m.:

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

The House Education Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Room 17 of the House Building to consider a pilot program to separate boys and girls into different classrooms, as well as a proposal to restrict the collection of biometric information.

10 a.m.:

The Senate Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee meets in Room 37 of the Senate Building and will workshop legislation to professionalize the staff at DCF in an effort to improve the child welfare system.

The Senate Education Committee meets in Room 412 of the Knott Building to consider a proposed committee bill that deletes the universities’ right to raise tuition based on inflation.

11:30 a.m.:

Sen. David Simmons and Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez are featured speakers at a “We Want Clean Water” rally at the historic Capitol building steps facing North Monroe Street. The rally will continue through 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Ryan Smart of the Florida Conservation Coalition at smarts421@gmail.com, (561)358-7191, or Cris Costello of the Sierra Club at cris.costello@sierraclub.org or (944) 914-0421.

1 p.m.:

The House Business & Professional Regulation meets in Room 12 of the House building to hear a motion to stop the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Room 212 of the Knott Building for a presentation on Community Action Teams, a pilot program for children with mental illnesses, from the Department of Children and Families.

The House Choice & Innovation Subcommittee meets in Room 306 of the House Building to hear a plan to regulate the agreements between charters and the school districts. Some districts have opposed the idea, saying the standard may prevent a charter school from fulfilling a specific community need.

The House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee meets in Room 12 of the House Building to consider HB 629, which would change state regulations on charities. The subcommittee will also consider an electronic cigarette bill (HB 169) and a proposal to allow county tax collectors to handle concealed weapon permit applications (HB 523).

The House Transportation & Highway Safety Subcommittee meets in Room 404 of the House Building to consider a bill that would toughen penalties for fatal hit-and-run accidents. Under current law, drunk drivers leaving the scene of an accident face less severe penalties than those who stay.

2 p.m.:

The Senate Community Affairs Committee meets in Room 301 of the Senate Building to consider several bills, including one committee bill (SB 7046) changing the state’s pension plan to put employees entering the Florida Retirement System after July 1, 2015 into either 401(k)-style plans or cash balance plans.

The Senate Health Policy Committee meets in Room 412 of the Knott Building to consider a proposal providing a regulatory framework for telemedicine.

3:30 p.m.:

The House Select Committee on Health Care Workforce Innovation meets in Room 17 of the House building to consider a committee bill giving nurse practitioners more control, a plan opposed by the Florida Medical Association.

Elsewhere in Florida:

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart will be in Orlando at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to submit a plan changing the school accountability system to the State Board of Education. The event is at the First Floor of the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 West Amelia Street, Orlando. More information can be found here.


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.