Monday, April 21, 2014BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS… Senate Appropriations Chair Joe Negron, R-Stuart, expects budget negotiations to tentatively begin in the afternoon on Monday.PREGNANCY TERMINATION… The Senate Rules committee considers a number of bills including SB 918 on the termination of pregnancies, SB 1748 on establishing minimum water flows, and SB 1274 that would allow coastal construction projects making improvements to 51 percent or more of a structure to be covered by citizens property insurance corporation at 1 p.m. Monday in room 110 of the Senate Office building.HOUSE SESSION… The Florida House of Representatives convenes to discuss a number of bills including HB 7069 that strengthens regulations on early learning facilities, HB 7083which streamlines the contract between charters and school districts and HB 1275 which would allow a physician to supervise eight, rather than four, physician assistants in the House Chamber at 2 p.m Monday.EDUCATION STANDARDS… The Teacher and Leader Preparation Implementation Committee host a conference call at 4 p.m. Monday. The purpose of the committee is to provide input, feedback and recommendations to the state in the development and implementation of performance standards. The phone number is 877-299-4502 and the passcode is 31253156.APPOINTMENTS… The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee meets at 4:30 Monday to consider several executive appointments. Many of these appointments are to the Boards of Trustees for state universities and colleges. The committee meets in room 412 of the Knott Building.Tuesday, April 22, 2014SENATE APPROPRIATIONS… The Senate Appropriations Committee will consider a number of bills including  the House tax cut package (HB 5601), SB 1666 reforming the child welfare system, and SB 1030 on non-euphoric medical marijuana starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in room 412 of the Knott building.CABINET… The governor and cabinet meet 9 a.m. Tuesday in the cabinet meeting room to go over several items, including an economic growth report from Department of Economic Opportunity director Jesse Panuccio. The full agenda can be found here.CLIMATE CHANGE… The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Science and Space holds a field hearing in Miami on climate change and sea level rise. The hearing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Miami Beach City Hall. The hearing will be broadcast live via the Senate committee website.HOUSE SESSION… The chamber will convene to consider a myriad of bills including HB 7141on human trafficking, a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, and bill shielding silent investors from nursing home litigation in the House Chamber at 10:30 a.m Tuesday.SPRINGS… The Florida Department of Environmental Protection holds an initial meeting in Marianna to begin developing a basin management action plan for Blue Spring and Merritt’s Mill Pond in Jackson County. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Jackson County IFAS Extension Office. More information can be found here or by contacting DEP’s Stephen Cioccia at (850) 245-8513 or stephen.cioccia@dep.state.fl.us.Wednesday, April 23, 2014SENATE SESSION… The Senate will convene to consider a list of bills including SB 162concerning offenses against unborn children, SB 850 on the expansion of the Career and Professional Education Act, and HB 7035 on juvenile sentencing in the Senate Chamber at 10 a.m. Wednesday.JMI DINNER… The James Madison Institute hosts its annual dinner at 6.pm. Wednesday 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 informationcan be found here.Thursday, April 24, 2014FLOOD INSURANCE… The Florida Sea Grant and UF IFAS are hosting a workshop beginning 8 a.m. Thursday in Crestview. The workshop will cover the National Flood Insurance Program, Community Rating System Program, and mitigation activities. Registration costs $25 and can be found here.CITIZENS… The Citizens Property Insurance Corp. board of governors meets 10 a.m. Thursday via teleconference to discuss the 2014 risk transfer program, among other things. Teleconference details: (888)942-8686, conference ID: 5743735657#
Friday, April 25, 2014ANTI-LITTER CAMPAIGN… The Florida Department of Transportation launches its anti-litter campaign. It will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Capitol Courtyard. For more information, contact Lisa Garcia at 850-222-1996.http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=37292277