The hefty higher education bill that would mandate a consolidation of the University of South Florida System is scheduled for its final committee stop in the Florida House on Tuesday afternoon.
The House Education committee will meet for a few hours starting at 1:30 p.m. to discuss House Bill 423, among a few other things. As covered here, those familiar with the legislation expect to see some amendments aimed at appeasing those in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County who've expressed distrust of the powers that be in Tampa.
The bill would require USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee to phase out their separate accreditation and unite with USF Tampa under one accreditation umbrella.
Should the bill pass through the committee, it would then head to the House floor. House lawmakers would begin negotiating with the Senate, which has already passed its version of the higher education package without any specific language related to USF.
Catch up on Times coverage of the potential consolidation here: