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Capitol Buzz: Things to watch today in Tallahassee



Lawmakers have busy committee schedules today as they try to secure final votes on their legislation with just four weeks left in the regular session.

* After being postponed two weeks ago, Dr. John Armstrong, the state surgeon general, will face a confirmation hearing in the Senate Health Policy Committee. The appointee of Gov. Rick Scott is sure to face tough questions as Republicans and Democrats alike have raised concerns about rising cases of HIV and policies that removed kids from the Children's Medical Services program. (1:30 p.m., 412 Knott)

* Cissy Proctor, the governor's recent appointee as executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, will have her second confirmation hearing in the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee (10 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building). Later in the afternoon, the Ethics and Elections Committee will consider the confirmations of five additional agency heads, including Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek and Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones. (4 p.m., 412 Knott)

* A plan to set aside $500,000 for burial costs of those killed at the Dozier School for Boys (HB 533) has a hearing in the House Appropriations Committee. The bill would also give the Department of State control over historical records at the site. (3 p.m., 212 Knott)

* The Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers will ask the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee for more money as lawmakers prepare for budget negotiations. The clerks will "address constraints placed on clerks' offices statewide as a result of a deficit," according to a release from the group. (9:30 a.m., 102 House Office Building)

* Senators will consider a controversial measure to give themselves a raise (SB 712). Under the proposal by Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, members of the House and Senate would earn $50,000 a year for their service in the part-time Legislature. The Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee will also consider making the secretary of state an elected position (SJR 1424). (1:30, 401 Senate Office Building)

[Last modified: Monday, February 15, 2016 4:13pm]


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