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What's Going on the Week of Feb. 10

February 11, 2019 - 9:15am

It’s hard to believe a year has already passed since the unthinkable happened in Parkland.

Hard to believe it’s been a year since a gunman went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and murdered 17 students and faculty members and changed countless other lives.

But Thursday will mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting, as authorities continue to search for answers about how it could have happened --- and how similar tragedies can be prevented in the future.

State lawmakers, who passed a wide-ranging school safety measure last year after the Parkland deaths, are preparing to again tackle the issue. That will formally start Tuesday, when the Senate Education Committee takes up a proposal that attempts to build on last year’s changes.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019

Legislature:

HURRICANE DAMAGES DISCUSSED: The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a panel discussion about Hurricane Michael, which caused massive damage to the agriculture industry and rural communities in parts of Northwest Florida. (Monday, 2:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

YOUNG SPEAKS TO SENATE PANEL: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will hear a presentation from former Sen. Dana Young, who was recently named president and chief executive officer of the tourism-marketing agency Visit Florida. (Monday, 2:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SEXUAL BATTERY PROSECUTIONS AT ISSUE: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will take up numerous bills, including a proposal (SB 130), filed by Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, that would eliminate a statute of limitations on the prosecution of sexual batteries when victims are under age 18. (Monday, 2:30 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

AHCA SECRETARY GOES BEFORE SENATORS: The Senate Health Policy Committee will have an appearance by Mary Mayhew, who was recently named secretary of the state Agency for Health Care Administration after holding a top Medicaid post in President Donald Trump’s administration. (Monday, 2:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS DEBATED: The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will consider a bill (SB 122), filed by Chairman Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, that is aimed at limiting attorney fees in cases involving the insurance practice known as assignment of benefits. Assignment of benefits is a decades-old practice that involves insurance customers signing over claims to contractors, who do work and ultimately pursue payment from insurers. The issue has become controversial in recent years amid allegations by insurers that the system has become rife with fraud and litigation, driving up consumers’ insurance premiums. Opponents of attorney-fee changes say assignment of benefits and the possibility of litigation help make sure insurers properly take care of claims. (Monday, 4:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

ELDER PROGRAMS AT ISSUE: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will take up a bill (SB 184), filed by Chairwoman Lauren Book, D-Plantation, that would transfer from the Department of Elder Affairs to the Agency for Health Care Administration issues related to hospices, assisted living facilities, adult family day-care homes and adult day-care centers. (Monday, 4:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SANCTUARY CITIES DEBATED: The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up a bill (SB 168), filed by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, that seeks to prevent “sanctuary cities” in Florida. (Monday, 4:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

UTILITY BALLOT MEASURE AT ISSUE: The Financial Impact Estimating Conference will hold a workshop about a proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul the state’s electric utility industry. The proposal, backed by the political committee Citizens for Energy Choices, calls for wholesale and retail electricity markets to “be fully competitive so that electricity customers are afforded meaningful choices among a wide variety of competing electricity providers.” It would establish a right for customers to choose electricity providers and would limit the role of investor-owned electric utilities --- private companies such as Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power Co. --- to constructing, operating and repairing transmission and distribution systems. The political committee has submitted enough petition signatures to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review of the ballot wording. (Monday, 8:30 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

WATER BOARD HOLDS WORKSHOP: The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board is scheduled to hold a workshop. (Monday, 1 p.m., University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, 2725 South Binion Road, Apopka.)

‘TANF’ PROGRAM ANALYZED: The Social Services Estimating Conference will analyze caseloads and expenditures in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, program. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

RUBIO HOLDS ‘MOBILE’ OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours in Pinellas County. (Monday, 2 p.m., VFW Post 4364, 5773 62nd St. North, St. Petersburg.)

VENEZUELA TROUBLES AT ISSUE: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will take part in a Heritage Foundation discussion titled, “Venezuela at a Tipping Point.” (Monday, 2:30 p.m., The Heritage Foundation, Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C.)

LEWANDOWSKI, BOSSIE IN PALM BEACH: Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, who helped run President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, are scheduled to appear at a Palm Beach County Trump Club event. (Monday, 7 p.m., Palm Beach Kennel Club, 1111 North Congress Ave., West Palm Beach.)

FINANCE REPORTS DUE: State candidates and political committees face a Monday deadline for filing reports showing finance activity through Jan. 31.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019

Legislature:

BONDS, RESERVES ON AGENDA: The House Appropriations Committee will receive a presentation about debt, bonding, reserves and other issues that affect the state’s bond ratings. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

JEFFERSON, ORANGE SCHOOLS DISCUSSED: The House Education Committee will receive a presentation about Somerset Academy Jefferson County and a community partnership school at Evans High School in Orange County. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

HOUSE WADES INTO MARIJUANA DEBATE: The House Health & Human Services Committee will take up a bill (PCB HHS 19-01) that deals with a ban on smoking medical marijuana. Gov. Ron DeSantis has made clear he wants to eliminate the ban, which was included in a 2017 law that carried out a constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AT ISSUE: The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation about biomedical research. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

ARMED TEACHERS DEBATED: The Senate Education Committee will take up a school-safety bill that would allow trained classroom teachers to carry guns as school “guardians.” The bill (SPB 7030) is a follow-up to a safety law that the Legislature passed last year after the mass shooting at Broward County’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. The law included creating the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which allowed guardians --- school personnel whose primary job duties are outside the classroom --- to be armed. A commission also created by the law released a report in early January that recommended allowing teachers to be armed. The Senate bill would carry out that recommendation, which has drawn controversy. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

JUDICIAL RETIREMENTS ON TABLE: The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee will take up a bill (SPB 7028) that deals with a newly passed constitutional amendment that raised the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75. The bill involves revisions to the Florida Retirement System to go along with the retirement-age change. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

MARIJUANA SMOKING BAN TARGETED: The Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee will take up a bill (SB 182), filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that seeks to eliminate a ban on smoking medical marijuana. Lawmakers in 2017 included a smoking ban in a law that was designed to carry out a constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana. But the smoking ban drew a legal challenge, and a Leon County circuit judge ruled that it violated the 2016 constitutional amendment. The state, under former Gov. Rick Scott, appealed the circuit judge’s ruling. Gov. Ron DeSantis, however, has been critical of the smoking ban and has indicated he will drop the appeal if lawmakers do not eliminate the ban. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

ETHICS REFORM CONSIDERED: The House Public Integrity & Ethics Committee will hold a workshop on a bill (HB 1), filed by Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills, that would make a variety of changes to state ethics laws. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

USF TRUSTEES MEET: The University of South Florida Board of Trustees will hold a series of committee meetings and a brief meeting of the full board. (Tuesday, committees start at 8 a.m., with full board at 12:15 p.m., University of South Florida, Marshall Student Center, Tampa.)

REAL ESTATE COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Real Estate Commission is scheduled to meet in Central Florida. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Zora Neale Hurston Building, Suite N901, 400 West Robinson St., Orlando.)

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

TIMBER INDUSTRY RECOVERY AT ISSUE: The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will hold roundtable discussions on the agricultural impact of Hurricane Michael, particularly on the timber industry. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Rivertown Community Center, 19359 Highway 71, Blountstown.)

ST. JOHNS WATER BOARD MEETS: The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board is scheduled to hold a Finance, Audit and Administration Committee meeting and a full board meeting. (Tuesday, committee at 10:30 a.m., followed by full board, University of Central Florida, Wayne Densch Center, 4582 North Orion Blvd., Orlando.)

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY ON TABLE: The Revenue Estimating Conference will take up issues related to unclaimed property. (Tuesday, 10;30 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

COURT HEARS MARIJUANA GROWING CASE: The 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in a dispute about whether a Tampa businessman should be able to grow medical marijuana as part of his treatment for cancer. The case pits the Florida Department of Health against Joe Redner, who made his fortune as a strip-club owner. The Department of Health took the case to the appeals court after Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ruled in April that Redner can grow his own marijuana under a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized cannabis for medical purposes. Redner’s doctor ordered a juicing treatment that uses live marijuana plants to prevent a relapse of stage 4 lung cancer, according to court documents. But attorneys for the state contend the constitutional amendment does not give people the right to grow their own marijuana and that only licensed businesses, known as medical marijuana treatment centers, are allowed to grow, process and sell marijuana. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)

RUBIO HOLDS ‘MOBILE’ OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours in Pasco and Lake counties. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. Also, 4 p.m., American Legion Post 347, 699 West Lady Lake Blvd., Lady Lake.)

REVENUE CAP AT ISSUE: The Revenue Estimating Conference will take up issues related to a revenue cap. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Legislature:

EVERGLADES RESTORATION DETAILED: The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee will take up numerous issues, including receiving a presentation from the Department of Environmental Protection about Everglades restoration. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

VAPING BAN MOVES FORWARD IN HOUSE: The House Health Quality Subcommittee will take up a bill (PCB HQS 19-02) that would carry out a constitutional amendment banning vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes in indoor workplaces. Voters approved the constitutional amendment during the November election. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

FALLEN SERVICE MEMBERS HONORED: The House Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 427), filed by Rep. Tommy Gregory, R-Sarasota, that would authorize “Honor and Remember” flags to be flown at government buildings to honor fallen members of the U.S. armed forces. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

LOCAL BUDGET PROJECTS CONSIDERED: The House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee will take up more than dozen local budget projects proposed by lawmakers. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CITRUS INDUSTRY ON AGENDA: The Senate Appropriations Committee will receive a presentation about the state’s citrus industry. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

ELDER AFFAIRS SHIFT CONSIDERED: The House Health Market Reform Subcommittee is slated to take up a bill (PCB HMR 19-01) that would transfer powers and duties of the Department of Elder Affairs related to hospices, assisted living facilities, adult family day-care homes and adult day-care centers to the Agency for Health Care Administration. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

WINDSHIELD CLAIMS TARGETED: The House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 323), filed by Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, that would prevent auto-repair shops from offering gifts or other incentives to spur motorists to file insurance claims for windshield damage. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

PRISON HEALTH CARE AT ISSUE: The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation from the Florida Department of Corrections about inmate health services and litigation. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

UNIVERSITY BUDGETS EYED: The House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee will discuss university operating budgets and fund balances. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

‘FRACKING’ BAN WEIGHED: The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee and the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee are scheduled to take up bills (PCB ANRS 19-01 and SB 314) that would prohibit the controversial oil- and gas-drilling process known as “fracking” in the state. (Wednesday, House Agriculture & Natural Resources, 1:30 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol. Also, Senate Environment and Natural Resources, 1:30 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

WORKFORCE HOUSING SOUGHT: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will consider a proposal (SB 250), filed by Chairwoman Anitere Flores, R-Miami, that would create a tax-credit program to try to boost workforce housing. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

LOCAL TAX REFERENDUMS TARGETED: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will take up a bill (SB 336), filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would require local governments to hold sales-tax referendums during general elections. Supporters of the proposed restriction contend tax referendums should not be held during what are often sparsely attended special elections. But critics have argued, in part, that sales-tax issues can get lost on lengthy general-election ballots. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

MULTI-USE CORRIDORS DISCUSSED: The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee will hold a workshop to discuss issues related to multi-use corridors. Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, has suggested building roads in such corridors that he says could help rural communities. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

PROFESSIONAL LICENSING CHANGES PROPOSED: The House Business & Professions Subcommittee will consider a bill (HB 397), filed by Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, that would make changes in professional licensing to try to help people get jobs after leaving prison. The changes would apply to certified nursing assistants, barbers, cosmetologists and several types of contractors. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

LOTTERY ISSUES ON TABLE: The House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation from Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

APD, DCF ON AGENDA: The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will receive presentations from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Department of Children and Families. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION EYED: The House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee will receive a presentation about career and technical education. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

SUNPASS SYSTEM DRAWS SCRUTINY: The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee will receive a presentation from the Department of Transportation about the SunPass Centralized Customer Service System. Implementation of the system last year caused major problems and a backlog of toll invoices. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CHILD WELFARE CHANGES DISCUSSED: The House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee will receive a presentation from the Department of Children and Families about changes in federal funding requirements for child welfare. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

CONSTITUTION REVISION PANEL TARGETED: The House Civil Justice Subcommittee will take up a proposal (HJR 53), filed by Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, and Rep. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka, that would require ballot measures proposed by the state Constitution Revision Commission to contain only single subjects. Also, the subcommittee will consider a proposal (HJR 249), filed by Rep. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, that would repeal the commission, which meets every 20 years and has unique powers to place measures on the ballot. The commission drew criticism last year for “bundling” unrelated issues into single constitutional amendments. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

COLLEGE NAME CHANGES CONSIDERED: The House Higher Education & Career Readiness Subcommittee will consider a bill (HB 525), filed by Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, that would change the name of Florida Keys Community College to The College of the Florida Keys and change the name of North Florida Community College to North Florida College. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

‘MASS VIOLENCE’ RECORDS EXEMPTION SOUGHT: The House Oversight, Transparency & Public Management Subcommittee will consider a proposal (PCB OTM 19-08) that would expand a public-records exemption to prevent the release of photos, videos and audio recordings that show or record the killing of victims of “mass violence.” (Wednesday, 4 p.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

SCHOOL SAFETY MONEY DISCUSSED: The House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will receive presentations about “safe schools” funding. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

ELECTION QUALIFYING STARTS: A qualifying period will begin for candidates in special elections in three House districts vacated by lawmakers who took positions heading state agencies. The special elections will be held in District 7, which was vacated by former Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello; District 38, which was vacated by former Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills; and District 97, which was vacated by former Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs. Beshears recently became secretary of the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Burgess became executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and Moskowitz became director of the Division of Emergency Management. (Wednesday, qualifying starts at 8 a.m.)

REAL ESTATE COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Real Estate Commission is scheduled to meet in Central Florida. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Zora Neale Hurston Building, Suite N901, 400 West Robinson St., Orlando.)

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

NATIONAL ECONOMY ANALYZED: The Economic Estimating Conference will analyze national economic issues. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

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

RUBIO HOLDS ‘MOBILE’ OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours in Sumter County. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Savannah Recreation Center, 1545 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages.)

STONE SPEAKS AT TIGER BAY; Republican political operative Roger Stone, who was recently charged as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, is scheduled to speak to the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club. (Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., City Fish Market, 7940 Glades Road, Boca Raton.)

COURT FUNDS EYED: The Revenue Estimating Conference will take up issues related to “Article V” revenues, which are used to help fund the court system. (Wednesday, 2 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

AQUATIC HERBICIDE INPUT SOUGHT: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will continue a series of public meetings on the agency’s aquatic-plant herbicide treatment program. (Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Bert J. Harris, Jr. Agri-Civic Center, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring.)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Legislature:

AMENDMENT 4 GETS AIRING: The House Judiciary Committee and the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will hold a joint meeting about Amendment 4, a ballot measure that passed in November to restore the voting rights of felons who have fulfilled their sentences. The meeting is expected to include representatives of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, the Florida Commission on Offender Review, the Florida Department of Corrections, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Department of State, prosecutors, judges and supervisors of elections. (Thursday, 9:30 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

AGRICULTURE BUDGET EYED: The Senate Agriculture, Environment and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee will receive a presentation about the budget priorities of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (Thursday, 10 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

Also:

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

TOBACCO MONEY ANALYZED: The Revenue Estimating Conference will take up issues related to tobacco taxes. (Thursday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

UWF TRUSTEES MEET: The University of West Florida Board of Trustees will hold committee meetings and a special board meeting. (Thursday, 9 a.m., University of West Florida, UWF Nautilus Chamber, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola.)

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

ELECTION QUALIFYING ENDS: A qualifying period will end for candidates in special elections in three House districts vacated by lawmakers who took positions heading state agencies. The special elections will be held in District 7, which was vacated by former Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello; District 38, which was vacated by former Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills; and District 97, which was vacated by former Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs. Beshears recently became secretary of the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Burgess became executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and Moskowitz became director of the Division of Emergency Management. (Qualifying ends at noon Thursday.)

RUBIO HOLDS ‘MOBILE’ OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours in Seminole and Orange counties. (Thursday, 1:30 p.m., Seminole County Library, in conjunction with the Seminole County Legal Aid Society, 215 North Oxford Road, Casselberry. Also, 7 p.m., Tangelo Park Community Center, 7001 Ravenna Ave., Orlando.)

PHYSICAL THERAPY BOARD MEETS: The Florida Board of Physical Therapy will meet in Hillsborough County. (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Four Points by Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore, 4400 West Cypress St., Tampa.)

LOBBYIST REPORTS DUE: Lobbyists face a Thursday deadline for filing reports detailing compensation for the period from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019

DENTISTRY ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Board of Dentistry will meet in Alachua County. (Friday, 7:30 a.m., Hilton UF Conference Center 1714 S.W. 34th St., Gainesville.)

PHYSICAL THERAPY BOARD MEETS: The Florida Board of Physical Therapy will meet in Hillsborough County. (Friday, 8 a.m., Four Points by Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore, 4400 West Cypress St., Tampa.)

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT ANALYZED: The Education Estimating Conference will address public-school enrollment. (Friday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

‘IMPACT’ CONFERENCE HELD: The Revenue Estimating Conference will hold an “impact” conference, which typically involves estimating the potential costs of pieces of legislation. (Friday, 1:30 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

CHRISTIE SPEAKS TO COLLIER GOP: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will speak during the Collier County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. (Friday, 6 p.m., Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples.)

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