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Training for Florida’s lawmakers starts today in Tallahassee

A memorial service for former state Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, will be at 3:30 today.

Florida's incoming class of lawmakers gets its start at the 2019 legislative session today, as they kick off the first of six committee weeks leading up to March 5.

Starting at 9 a.m., the state's House members will sit in on training sessions about the budget, ethics, rules, bill drafting, and specialized sessions on topics like the state's Medicaid program and education system.

Plus, they'll have more personal sessions on subjects like "Balancing family, work and service" and "Things I wish someone told me when I started."

(You can watch the Senate's ethics training on the Florida Channel at 2 p.m. if that's your thing.)

At 3:30 p.m., the Senate will be holding a memorial service for Sen. Dorothy Hukill, who died in October from cervical cancer. The Republican from Port Orange had been in the Legislature since 2004. It will be televised on the Florida Channel as well.

The rest of the week has yet more training sessions in store for House members on Wednesday, with Senate committees kicking off the same day as well.

Some committees will have presentations — Senate Appropriations is getting a briefing on the state's long-term financial outlook, for example — but they don't appear to be hearing bills this week.

For the rest of the Legislature's committee week schedules leading up to the two-month legislative session starting March 5, click here.