Warning shot' bill to be heard
The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill, SB 448, filed by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, that would grant immunity to people who display guns or fire warning shots in self-defense.
They are taking up a bill that would make bullying a first or second degree misdemeanor depending on the severity of the bullying. It's CS (Committee Substitute)/SB 548. If it passed it would go into effect a month or so after school starts, on October 1.
Sexual predators targeted
The House Judiciary Committee will take up a series of bills, HB 7019, HB 7021, HB 7025 and HB 7027, aimed at cracking down on sexual predators and offenders. Legislative leaders have made a priority this year of toughening laws dealing with predators and offenders.
Sports facility payments at issue
The House Economic Affairs Committee will consider a proposal, PCB EAC 14-02, that would create a process to determine whether state money should be used to help pay for professional-sports stadium projects.
Committee looks at pregnancy discrimination
The House State Affairs Committee will consider a proposal, HB 105, filed by Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, that would ban discrimination based on pregnancy in such things as employment and lodging.
Panel takes up simulated gun bill
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider a bill, SB 1060, filed by Chairman Greg Evers, R-Baker, that would tweak school zero-tolerance laws. Under the National Rifle Association-backed bill, children could not be disciplined for simulating guns while playing or for wearing clothes that depict firearms.
Residency requirements at issue
The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will consider a bill, SB 602, filed by Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, that would create new residency requirements for elected officials across the state. The proposal comes after questions about whether some officials live in the districts they were elected to represent.
Report released on drug abuse and newborns
Attorney General Pam Bondi and members of the Statewide Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns will release a report about drug-exposed newborns in Florida.
School grades could face changes
The Senate Education Committee will take up a proposal, SPB 7060, that would make changes in the state's school-accountability system, including in the way school grades are calculated.
Bill could allow higher speed limits
The House Transportation & Highway Safety Subcommittee will consider a proposal, HB 761, filed by Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, that would allow speed limits to be increased to as high as 75 mph on some highways.
Juvenile sentences at issue
The Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal, SB 384, filed by Chairman Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would change sentencing laws for juveniles convicted of committing murders or other serious felonies. The bill would seek to comply with two major U.S. Supreme Court decisions about sentencing guidelines in such cases.
Lawmakers take aim at prepaid college costs
The Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill, SB 732, filed by Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, that would lower costs in the Florida Prepaid College Program. The bill would revamp a formula that determines how much families pay to cover the future tuition and fee costs for their children, undoing changes made in 2009 that drove up costs.
New technology agency considered
The Senate General Government Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a proposal (SB 928) that would create a new state information-technology agency. The proposal comes after months of problems with a new unemployment-compensation computer system.
FAMU trustees to meet
The Florida A&M University Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet.
The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in four cases, including a case stemming from a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said juveniles convicted of murder cannot face mandatory sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Florida court will consider the Bay County case of Rebecca Falcon, who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder she committed in 1999 when she was 15.
Ethics Commission to meet
The Florida Commission on Ethics will take up cases from various parts of the state, including Boynton Beach, Port Charlotte, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Plantation, Pasco County and Hendry County.
Health choices board to meet
The Florida Health Choices Board of Directors will meet. Florida Health Choices plans to run an online marketplace where people would be able to buy health-care services.
Property taxes analyzed
The Revenue Estimating Conference will analyze "ad valorem," or property taxes.