TALLAHASSEE — A week before the legislative session is scheduled to adjourn, the House and Senate will endure a marathon day as lawmakers plow through dozens of bills Friday.
The Senate will consider legislation as wide-ranging as a massive recycling bill (SB 570) sponsored by Sen. Lee Constantine to a measure (SB 869) that allows students to take diabetes medication while at school.
Another measure (SB 2320) proposed by Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, sends a message to students who wear low-slung pants. The droopy-drawers legislation requires school districts to ban students from wearing clothes that expose "underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner" in the dress code. The first offense is a warning, while the third offense is a three-day, in-school suspension.
It's a similar scenario in the House, which considers legislation (HB 7233) to give the Attorney General's Office greater authority to take action against rogue debt collectors and a measure (HB 729) to prohibit people under 16 from getting a tattoo and impose greater regulations on the industry.
But much of the action will take place behind the scenes as budget negotiators near a final deal. The final spending plan needs to get finalized by Tuesday night. Also, leading lawmakers are negotiating final sticking points in a Medicaid overhaul passed by the House but stalling in the Senate.
Outside the Capitol, the executive committee of the Republican Party of Florida will meet in the morning to discuss the widening federal investigation and controversy involving party spending. In particular, Chairman John Thrasher, a St. Augustine state senator, will discuss the credit card spending of former party chief Jim Greer in a closed-door session.