TALLAHASSEE — The House and Senate will continue rolling through a flurry of bills Wednesday before their holiday break next week. Here's a look at what's on their plates.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam's proposal (SB 1312/HB 7219) to transfer control of school lunch programs from the Department of Education to his own agency is up in the Senate Budget Subcommittee on General Government and the House Education Committee. So far, it has received zero "no" votes despite some opposition from members of the Board of Education.
Sen. Jack Latvala's transportation bill (SB 1180), which contains a statewide blanket ban on certain panhandling, is up in the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations. The bill, which Latvala developed with Tampa's struggles to crack down on panhandling in mind, would require local governments to develop permitting systems for panhandlers, newspaper hawkers and groups soliciting money from roads.
The Florida Coalition for the Homeless, which opposes the bill, will be in town for its annual lobbying day and will have a morning news conference.
The Senate's newest member, Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, will have his casino gambling bill (SB 2050) examined by the Budget Subcommittee on Finance and Tax. The bill is similar to one originally proposed by Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, though it gives horse and dog tracks and jai alai frontons that operate slot machines in Miami-Dade and Broward the same casino games and the same 10 percent tax rate as resort casinos.