Tuesday’s legislative agenda includes growlers, greyhounds, abortions and Pop Tarts

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Among the issues facing Tallahassee lawmakers on Tuesday: lowering the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund coverage, the “Pop Tart” bill, human trafficking and banning abortions if the fetus is viable outside the womb.

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners could have the ability to initiate involuntary Baker Acts under a bill in front of the Senate Committee on Children, Families, & Elder Affairs.

The Senate Gaming Committee will consider a bill requiring record keeping of injuries to racing greyhounds.

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will examine pharmaceutical issues with managed-care plans’ preferred drug lists and a practice known as “step therapy.” The Senate Community Affairs Committee will undertake a bill allowing Citizens Property Insurance to work with construction projects in the Florida Keys, as well as a bill trimming the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority and another taking up the debate on allowing the craft brewing industry to sell 64-ounce “growlers.”

9 a.m.:

The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Among the cases is J.R. v. Barbara Palmer, which challenges the constitutionality of a Florida law allowing the involuntary commitment of people with intellectual disabilities.

The House Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Room 17 of the House Office Building to consider five bills; including HB 391, which would lower Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund coverage.

The Senate Judiciary Committee meets in Room 110 of the Senate Office Building to consider several bills, including a measure (SB 612) that would preempt local preference ordinances for contracts using state funds. The committee will also hear bills on human trafficking (SB 768), banning abortions if a fetus is viable (SB 918), and SB 1060, dubbed the “Pop-Tart’’ bill. Filed by Sen. Greg Evers, the measure would prohibit schools from disciplining children for simulating guns while playing or wearing clothes that depict firearms. The proposal arose after the suspension from school of a Maryland child for chewing his toaster treat into the shape of a gun.

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

The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Room 212 of the Knott Building to consider HB 7141, filed by Rep. Gayle Harrell, that takes a series of steps to try to curb human trafficking and help sexually exploited children. In part, it would provide sexually exploited children with specially trained child protective investigators and case managers.

10 a.m.:

The Senate Committee on Children, Families, & Elder Affairs meets in Room 37 of the Senate Office Building to hear a plan allowing physician assistants and nurse practitioners to initiate involuntary Baker Acts.

11:30 a.m.:

The House Local & Federal Affairs Committee meets in Room 212 of the Knott Building.

The Senate Special Order Calendar Group meets in Room 401 of the Senate Office Building.

1 p.m.:

The Senate Gaming Committee meets in Room 110 of the Senate Office Building to consider a bill, SB 742, filed by Sen. Eleanor Sobel, requiring the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering to keep records of injuries to racing greyhounds. The bill comes as some lawmakers look to eliminate or reduce greyhound racing in the state.

2:45 p.m.:

House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee meets in Reed Hall of the House Office Building.

3 p.m.:

The Senate Community Affairs Committee meets in Room 301 of the Senate Office Building to consider several bills, including SB 1274, which would make construction projects in the Keys eligible for coverage by the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The committee will also consider bill allowing people complying with a mandatory evacuation to carry a concealed weapon (SB 296), a bill trimming the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (SB 772) and a proposal (SB 1714) that wades into a long-running debate about whether the craft brewing industry should be able to sell 64-ounce “growlers” of beer. The committee will also look at SB 1464, the Senate companion to the wide-ranging HB 703 dealing with environmental regulation.

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee meets in Room 110 of the Senate Office Building to take up a controversial proposal (SB 1354), filed by Sen. Denise Grimsley, that addresses pharmaceutical issues with managed-care plans. The bill involves issues such as plans’ preferred drug lists and a practice known as “step therapy.”

The Senate Health Policy Committee meets in Room 412 of the Knott Building.

4 p.m.:

The House Criminal Justice Committee meets in Room 404 of the House Office Building to consider a bill (HB 227), filed by Rep. Dave Kerner, dealing with compensating victims of wrongful incarceration. The bill stems from the case of James Richardson, who spent 21 years in prison on a murder charge before the state vacated his sentence. 

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.