Both the House and Senate have floor sessions Wednesday; with the Senate voting on bills including juvenile sentencing guidelines, increasing the speed limits on Florida highways and the “Pop Tart” bill, which would avoid schoolchildren from being disciplined for simulating guns while playing or for wearing clothes depicting firearms or expressing opinions about the Second Amendment. The chamber will also decide on allowing tax-collector offices accept applications for weapons permits.
On the House agenda are a variety of bills — banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, regulations on nursing home litigation, and deleting the provisions to allow issuance of marriage licenses to minors under 16 years of age in certain circumstances.
The Senate Democratic caucus will meet in Room 200 of the Senate Office Building.
The Senate will hold a floor session and could approve a proposal (HB 7035) that would revamp laws dealing with juvenile sentencing in cases that involve murders or other serious felonies. In addition, the Senate will begin debating a proposal (SB 392), filed by Sens. Jeff Brandes and Jeff Clemens, to allow speed limits to go as high as 75 mph on some highways. Senators also expect to take up two gun-rights advocates. One (SB 1060), filed by Sen. Greg Evers, would prevent schoolchildren from being disciplined for simulating guns while playing or for wearing clothes that depict firearms or express opinions about Second Amendment rights. Another bill (SB 544), filed by Sen. Wilton Simpson, would allow county tax collectors to accept applications for concealed-weapon licenses. Senators also are slated to work on some health-care measures, including a proposal (SB 1150), filed by Sen. Aaron Bean, aimed at boosting “medical tourism.”
The House will hold a floor session for much of the day. On the agenda: bills banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, regulations on nursing home litigation, and deleting the provisions to allow issuance of marriage licenses to minors under 16 years of age in certain circumstances.
Elsewhere in Florida:
The Agency for Health Care Administration will host a workshop at 8:30 a.m. and a meeting at 12:30 p.m. to discuss managed-care plans, behavioral-health providers, assisted-living facility administrators and other parties. The back-to-back sessions will relate to behavioral health services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries. The workshop will focus on those services provided in ALFs. The event is at the Access Behavioral Health in The Andrews Institute, 1020 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze.
The state Elections Canvassing Commission will meet at 9 a.m. in the Cabinet meeting room to certify the results of an April 8 special election in House District 44. Republican Eric Eisnaugle won the election to replace former Rep. Steve Precourt
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will speak at a lunch forum at 11:45 a.m. sponsored by Florida Hospital and Bethune-Cookman University Ocean Center, 101 North Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach.
Death Row inmate Robert E. Hendrix is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m., Florida State Prison, near Starke for the 1990 murders of a Lake County husband and wife. Hendrix, now 47, was convicted in the shooting and stabbing deaths of Elmer Scott Jr. and Michelle Scott. Hendrix went to the Scotts’ home because he feared Elmer Scott, who was his cousin, would testify against him in an unrelated case.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich will to raise money during an event beginning 6 p.m. at the Dapur Restaurant, 1640 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.
The James Madison Institute hosts its annual dinner at 6.pm. in the Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center. The event’s featured speakers are Senate President Don Gaetz, Speaker of the House Will Weatherford; author Travis Brown, and Wall Street Journal contributor Stephen Moore. More information can be found here.