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What's Going on the Week of April 7

April 8, 2019 - 9:00am
Florida Capitol complex
Florida Capitol complex

As he built his administration, Gov. Ron DeSantis looked early and often to the Florida House.

First, he picked then-Rep. Jeanette Nunez, a Miami Republican, to be his running mate. And after they were elected in November, he tapped former House Speaker Richard Corcoran to serve as education commissioner, then-Rep. Halsey Beshears to become secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, then-Rep. Danny Burgess to lead the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and then-Rep. Jared Moskowitz to direct the Division of Emergency Management.

But in making the picks, DeSantis opened three House seats that will be vacant throughout this spring’s legislative session. Republican voters in two of the districts will go to the polls Tuesday to start the process of filling the seats.

A GOP primary will be held in sprawling House District 7, which Beshears, R-Monticello, vacated. The winner of the primary between Lynda Bell, Virginia Fuller, Jason Shoaf and Mike Watkins will face Democrat Ryan Terrell in the June 18 special general election. District 7 is made up of Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and part of Leon counties.

Meanwhile, Republicans Randy Maggard and David “Mac” McCallister will compete in a primary in Pasco County’s House District 38, which became open when Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, left. The primary winner will face Democrat Kelly Smith in the June 18 special general election.

The race to succeed Moskowitz in Broward County’s House District 97 has already been decided: Democrat Dan Daley was the only candidate who qualified. But Daley will not be able to take office until June.

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019

Legislature:

PARENTAL CONSENT CONSIDERED: The Senate Health Policy Committee will consider a proposal (SB 1774), filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, that would require parental consent before minors can have abortions. The controversial proposal would be more restrictive than a current law requiring parents to be notified before minors have abortions. (Monday, 12:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS PITCHED: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will take up a bill (SB 1640), filed by Sen. Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, that would eliminate or reduce regulations on several types of professions, including interior designers, hair braiders and auctioneers. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

GUNS AT CHURCHES CONSIDERED: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider a proposal (SB 1238), filed by Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Rockledge, that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns at churches and other religious institutions that share property with schools. Florida law allows religious facilities to be open to people who have concealed-weapons licenses and are armed. However, state law generally does not allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to possess firearms on school campuses. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS AT ISSUE: The House State Affairs Committee will take up a proposal (HJR 57), filed by Rep. Rick Roth, R-Loxahatchee, that would make it harder to pass constitutional amendments. Under the proposal, two-thirds of voters would have to approve amendments, up from the current 60 percent. (Monday, 2 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

INSURANCE ‘TRAIN’ HEARD: The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will take up a bill (SB 714), filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that addresses a wide range of insurance issues, a type of bill known as a legislative “train.” The bill deals with issues ranging from property insurance to life insurance. (Monday, 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

SUICIDE PREVENTION DISCUSSED: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will receive a presentation about suicide prevention. (Monday, 4 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

AMENDMENT 4 AT ISSUE: The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up a bill (SB 7086) that would carry out Amendment 4, a November ballot measure designed to restore the voting rights of felons who have fulfilled their sentences. Critics of the bill say it includes provisions that would effectively disenfranchise felons. (Monday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SPECIAL ORDER SET: The Senate Special Order Calendar Group will meet to schedule a list of bills that will be heard on the Senate floor. (Monday, 15 minutes after committee meetings, 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT ISSUE: The Criminal Justice Estimating Conference will hold what is known as an “impact” conference, which typically involves estimating potential costs of legislation. (Monday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

SPICER SPEAKS IN ORANGE, PALM BEACH: Sean Spicer, a former press secretary for President Donald Trump, will speak to the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida and the Palm Beach County Trump Club. (Monday, 12:30 p.m., Citrus Club, 255 South Orange Avenue, #1800, Orlando. Also, 7 p.m., Palm Beach Kennel Club, 1111 North Congress Ave., West Palm Beach.)

OSTEOPATHIC BOARD HOLDS CALL: The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine will hold a conference call. (Monday, 1 p.m., Call-in number: 1-888-585-9008. Code: 742225236.) 

RUBIO HOLDS ‘MOBILE’ OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours in Lake County. (Monday, 1 p.m., Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont.)

USF TRUSTEES MEET: The University of South Florida Board of Trustees will meet after holding a meeting of its Academics and Campus Environment Committee. (Monday, committee meeting at 2 p.m., with full board at 4:30 p.m., University of South Florida, Marshall Student Center, Tampa.)

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019

Legislature:

OFFICE SURGERY AT ISSUE: The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 933), filed by Rep. Anthony Rodriguez, R-Miami, that would revamp regulations for office surgery centers after news reports highlighted patient deaths at two Southeast Florida plastic surgery centers. (Tuesday, 8 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

NICOTINE DEBATE AIRED: The House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 1125), filed by Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola, that would expand the legal definition of “tobacco products” to include nicotine products used in such things as electronic cigarettes. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PLASTIC STRAWS WEIGHED: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will consider a proposal (SB 588), filed by Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, that would prevent cities and counties from regulating how restaurants and other establishments distribute plastic straws to customers. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

AGENCY HEADS EYED: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will hold confirmation hearings for numerous officials, including Department of Children and Families Secretary Chad Poppell; Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch; Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director Barbara Palmer; Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Ken Lawson; Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Richard Prudom; Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein; Department of Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell; Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault; and Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

RED LIGHT CAMERAS TARGETED: The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee will consider a proposal (SB 622), filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would repeal laws allowing the use of red-light cameras. Critics contend the cameras have become an excessive source of revenue for local governments, while supporters say they help improve traffic safety. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

MARIJUANA REGULATIONS ON TABLE: The House Appropriations Committee will consider a proposal (HB 7117), sponsored by Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, that would make a series of regulatory changes involving medical marijuana, including placing a cap on THC levels in smokable pot. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana that produces a euphoric effect. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT EYED: The Senate Agriculture, Environment and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (SB 1502), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would transfer environmental law-enforcement duties from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to the Department of Environmental Protection. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

NEW JUDGES PROPOSED: The Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (SB 7072), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that deals with a series of issues in the justice system, including creating new judgeships in the 9th Judicial Circuit and the 12th Judicial Circuit. The 9th Circuit is made up of Orange and Osceola counties; the 12th Circuit is made up of DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

‘DISQUALIFICATION LIST’ SOUGHT: The Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee and the House Education Committee will take up similar bills (SB 1444 and HB 1127), filed by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, and Rep. Wyman Duggan, R-Jacksonville, that would create a “disqualification list” of educators who would be barred from jobs in charter schools, traditional public schools and private schools that receive state scholarship money. (Tuesday, Senate subcommittee at 1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol. Also, House committee at 2 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS PROPOSED: The House Health & Human Services Committee will consider a proposal (HB 955), filed by Rep. Daniel Perez, R-Miami, that would seek to place work requirements on able-bodied adults in the Medicaid program. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

AMENDMENT 4 AT ISSUE: The House Judiciary Committee will take up a bill (HB 7089), filed by Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, that would carry out Amendment 4, a November ballot measure designed to restore the voting rights of felons who have fulfilled their sentences. Critics of the bill say it includes provisions that would effectively disenfranchise felons. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CANADIAN DRUG IMPORTS CONSIDERED: The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (SB 1528), filed by Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, that would seek to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada for state programs such as Medicaid. The issue has support from Gov. Ron DeSantis. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

BALLOT INITIATIVES TARGETED: The Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (SB 7096), filed by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, that would make it harder for citizens and groups to put proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. The bill, for example, would require that petition gatherers be Florida residents and would prevent them from being paid based on the number of petitions they collect. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS ‘HOLIDAY’ PITCHED: The Senate Finance and Tax Committee will take up a bill (SB 1412), filed by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, that would create a disaster-preparedness tax “holiday” for a two-week period at the beginning of June. Shoppers would be able to buy a variety of hurricane supplies during the period without paying sales taxes. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

GOP PRIMARY HELD IN HD 7: Four Republicans will battle in a primary election in House District 7, which opened when former Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, was named secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The winner of the GOP primary between Lynda Bell, Virginia Fuller, Jason Shoaf and Mike Watkins will face Democrat Ryan Terrell in the June 18 special general election. District 7 is made up of Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and part of Leon counties. (Tuesday, polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

REPUBLICANS VIE IN HD 38: Republicans Randy Maggard and David “Mac” McCallister will square off in a primary election in Pasco County’s House District 38, which opened when former Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, was named executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The winner of the GOP primary will face Democrat Kelly Smith in the June 18 special general election. (Tuesday, polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

SCHOOL SAFETY DISCUSSED: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which was created by the Legislature last year after the mass shooting at the Parkland school, will start a two-day meeting in Broward County. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., BB&T Center, Chairman’s Club, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise.)

FLORIDA GULF COAST TRUSTEES MEET: The Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees will meet. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Ballroom, 10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Fort Myers.)

SUWANNEE WATER BOARD MEETS: The Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board is scheduled to meet. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., district headquarters, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak.)

RUBIO HOLDS ‘MOBILE’ OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours in Miami-Dade, Hendry, Polk, Levy and Alachua counties. (Tuesday, 9;30 a.m., Steven P. Clark Government Center, 111 N.W. First St., Miami. Also, 10 a.m., LaBelle City Hall, 481 West Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle. Also, 10 a.m., Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce, 340 West Central Ave., Lake Wales. Also, 1 p.m., Williston Public Library, 10 S.E. First St., Williston. Also, 2:30 p.m., Archer Public Library, 13266 S.W. State Road 45, Archer.)

ST. JOHNS WATER BOARD MEETS: The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board will meet after holding committee meetings. (Tuesday, committees start at 10 a.m., with full board estimated at 11 a.m., district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.)

JACKSONVILLE COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The Board of Trustees of Florida State College at Jacksonville will meet after holding committee meetings. (Tuesday, committees start at 10:45 a.m., with full board at 1 p.m., Florida State College at Jacksonville, administrative offices, 501 West State St., Jacksonville.)

THRASHER AT FSU PEP RALLY: Florida State University President John Thrasher is expected to speak during a pep rally that will be part of FSU Day at the Capitol. (Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Capitol courtyard.)

CITRUS FORECAST ISSUED: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is scheduled to release an updated forecast for Florida’s citrus-growing season. (Tuesday, noon.)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019

Legislature:

OIL DRILLING TARGETED: The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs and Space Committee will consider a resolution (SR 1820), filed by Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, that calls for a continued moratorium on oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico to help prevent conflicts with military training. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

CONSTITUTION REVISION PANEL AT ISSUE: The Senate Rules Committee will take up a proposal (SJR 362), filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that seeks to abolish the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. The 37-member commission meets every 20 years and has unique power to place proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. But it drew criticism last year, in part, because it “bundled” unrelated issues into single constitutional amendments. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HOUSE TAKES UP ‘AOB,’ HEALTH BILLS: The Florida House will hold a floor session and take up numerous issues, including a battle over the controversial insurance practice known as assignment of benefits. So-called AOB is a practice that has been used for decades and involves policyholders signing over claims to contractors, who then pursue payment from insurers. The insurance industry and business groups are lobbying for changes, contending AOB has become riddled with fraud and litigation, driving up insurance premiums. Plaintiffs’ attorneys and other groups argue AOB is important because it helps ensure that insurance companies pay claims properly. The House is slated to take up a bill (HB 7065), sponsored by Civil Justice Chairman Bob Rommel, R-Naples, that would make a series of changes in AOB laws, including limiting fees paid to attorneys who represent contractors in disputes with insurers. Also during Wednesday’s floor session, the House is slated to consider several health-care bills, including a proposal (HB 19), sponsored by Rep. Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach, that seeks to clear the way for importing cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. Gov. Ron DeSantis has made a priority of a drug-importation program, which also is backed by House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

SCHOOL BOARD TERM LIMITS DEBATED: The Senate Education Committee will take up a proposal (SJR 274), filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, that seeks to impose eight-year term limits on county school board members. The measure is a proposed constitutional amendment that would ask voters in 2020 to approve the term limits. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

FUEL RESERVE SOUGHT: The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee will consider a bill (SB 404), filed by Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, that calls for the state to draw up a plan for a strategic fuel reserve to help deal with hurricanes and other disasters. The possibility of creating such a reserve drew attention after Hurricane Irma forced massive evacuations in 2017, causing runs on gas stations. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

VACATION RENTALS AT ISSUE: The Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee will take up a proposal (SB 824), filed by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, that would give the state regulatory authority over vacation rental properties. The bill would “preempt” local regulations. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SENATE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The Florida Senate will hold a floor session. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

OTHER SCHEDULED MEETINGS:

--- House State Affairs Committee (Wednesday, 8 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

--- House Commerce Committee (Wednesday, 8 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

--- House Public Integrity & Ethics Committee (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

SCHOOL SAFETY AT ISSUE: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which was created by the Legislature last year after the mass shooting at the Parkland school, will continue a two-day meeting in Broward County. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., BB&T Center, Chairman’s Club, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise.)

PAROLE CASES ON TABLE: The Florida Commission on Offender Review will consider dozens of cases from across the state. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

UNEMPLOYMENT CASES CONSIDERED: The state Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission will meet. (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., 101 Rhyne Building, 2740 Centerview Dr., Tallahassee.)

REFUGEE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Orlando Area Refugee Task Force will meet. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Catholic Charities of Central Florida, 1771 North Semoran Blvd., Suite A, Orlando.)

RUBIO HOLDS ‘MOBILE’ OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours in Charlotte, Sumter, Miami-Dade, Nassau and Sarasota counties. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Punta Gorda City Hall, 326 West Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Also, 10 a.m., Laurel Manor Recreation Center, 1985 Laurel Manor Dr., The Villages. Also, 10:30 a.m., Stella Maris Senior Center, 8638 Harding Ave., Miami Beach. Also, 10:30 a.m., Hilliard Senior Center, 37002 Ingham Road, Hilliard. Also, 1 p.m., North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.)

WATER MANAGEMENT ISSUES ON TABLE: The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board will hold a workshop. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., district headquarters, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach.)

STEYER URGES IMPEACHMENT: Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer will hold a town-hall event in Palm Beach County to call for impeachment of President Donald Trump. (Wednesday, doors open at 6:15 p.m., The Addison, 2 East Camino Real, Boca Raton.)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS DUE: State political candidates, committees and parties face a Wednesday deadline for filing reports showing finance activity through March 31.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

Legislature:

SPECIAL ORDER SET: The Senate Special Order Calendar Group will set a special-order calendar, which lists bills that will be heard on the Senate floor. (Thursday, 15 minutes after Appropriations Committee, 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HOUSE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The House is scheduled to hold a floor session. (Thursday, 1:30 p.m., House chamber, the Capitol)

OTHER SCHEDULED MEETINGS:

--- Senate Appropriations Committee (Thursday, 9 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

--- House Ways & Means Committee (Thursday, 9 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

--- House Rules Committee (Thursday, 15 minutes after floor session, 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

WATER MANAGEMENT BOARD MEETS: The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board will meet. (Thursday, 9 a.m., district headquarters, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach.)

RUBIO HOLDS ‘MOBILE’ OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours in Clay, Miami-Dade, Wakulla, zinellas and Seminole counties. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Clay County Library, Orange Park Branch, 2054 Plainfield Ave., Orange Park. Also, 10:30 a.m., Palermo Lakes, 5311 N.W. Seventh St., Miami. Also, noon, Wakulla County Commission office, 3093 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville. Also, 1 p.m., Clearwater Main Library, 100 North Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Also, 1:30 p.m., Seminole County Library, in conjunction with the Seminole County Legal Aid Society, 215 North Oxford Road, Casselberry.)

SUPREME COURT RELEASES OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to release its weekly opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

ETHICS COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Commission on Ethics will meet. (Friday, 8;30 a.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)

RESPIRATORY CARE AT ISSUE: The Florida Board of Respiratory Care will meet in Lake County. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., Mission Inn Resort & Club, 10400 County Road 48, Howey-in-the-Hills.)

FSDB TRUSTEES MEET: The Board of Trustees of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is scheduled to meet. (Friday, 9 a.m., Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Moore Hall Center for Learning and Development, 207 North San Marco Ave., St. Augustine.)

MEDICAID ENROLLMENT AT ISSUE: The Agency for Health Care Administration will hold a meeting about the Florida Medicaid Enrollment Policy. (Friday, 10 a.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Building 3, Tallahassee.)

REFUGEE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Miami-Dade Refugee Task Force will meet. (Friday, 10 a.m., Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Building 8, Miami.)

SPEECH AND RESEARCH COMPETITION HELD: The Able Trust will host a regional contest for the annual Jeannie Amendola Speech & Research Competition, which involves presentations by students with disabilities. (Friday, 10:30 a.m., Celebration Town Hall, 851 Celebration Ave., Celebration.)

Comments

Republicans just can't help themselves. They so hate Floridians. They detest Citizen Initiatives. They don't want to do the will of Floridians. So they'll do all they can to stop citizens having a say in government. Take a long hard look at what they've done on Medical Cannabis. What they're continuing to do. Look carefully at what they're planning to do to A4. What they're planning to do to make Citizen Initiatives harder to pass. They don't care what anyone other than their supporters and special interests want. Take a hard look and then Vote the Bums Out. Out of office. Off of our money. Send them all home to do whatever it was they did before they got hooked on our money. Vote the bums out!

"...looked early and often to the House..."; (therein lies the insidious problem..!)

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