Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee
The Florida House and Senate will each meet to take up a short list of their top priority legislation and the Florida Press Corps caps off the day with an entertaining salute to legislating. Here are five things to watch today:
- The full Senate will meet to pass its proposal (SB 860) to make Florida a more veteran-friendly place by increasing financial aid and job assistance programs for military veterans. Also on the Senate agenda is legislation to increase regulation of Assisted Living Facilities (SB 248).
- The full House will meet to take up a package of bills to crack down on sexual predators who re-offend. The measures (SB 522, 524, 526, 528) have already passed the Senate and are expected to be signed quickly by the governor.
- Florida's trauma centers come into the spotlight again as the House Health Innovation Subcommittee takes up a bill (PCB HIS 14-01) to resolve a legal fight between competing centers in in Central Florida. The debate comes on the heels of an investigative report by the Tampa Bay Times that explored how trauma centers profit by charging excessive and often-arbitrary fees.
- The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will take up two bills (SPB 7072 and 7074) that attempt to overhaul the state's management of child welfare in the wake of a series of high-profile child deaths last year.
- The governor will be teased and impersonated. Former Gov. Charlie Crist will be the focus of a few punchlines. And legislators and lobbyists become fodder for an evening of ribald humor. It's all a part of the Sometimes Annual Capitol Press Corps skits held at The Moon at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit scholarships for students pursuing a career in journalism.