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House, Senate gear up for Session with budget, hurricane scrutiny

In their final series of meetings before the start of the 2018 Legislative Session, lawmakers will focus heavily on hurricane recommendations and Gov. Rick Scott‘s proposed record-breaking $87.4 billion budget.

On Dec. 6, Senate Appropriations Committee will receive a presentation about Scott’s proposal for the fiscal year that will start July 1.

Seven appropriations subcommittees – dealing with budget issues such as education, health and human services and criminal justice – will meet Dec. 7 to look at Scott’s recommendations for their spending areas. Scott’s proposal is a starting point for lawmakers, who will negotiate a final budget during the Legislative Session that starts Jan. 9. Lawmakers will hold four days of committee meetings next week, the final round of committee meetings before the Session.

In the House, receiving a series of presentations recently, a committee next week will discuss potential recommendations for responding to Hurricane Irma and preparing for future storms.

The House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness is slated to meet Monday. Its recommendations likely will be considered during the 2018 Legislative Session, which starts in January.

Senate committees also have been looking at hurricane-related issues, though the Senate has not formed a special committee on the topic.

Among other issues going before legislative committees next week, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee is scheduled Dec. 5 to take up a proposal (SB 150), filed by Republican Sen. Tom Lee of Thonotosassa, that would end the state’s no-fault auto insurance system.

A similar House bill (HB 19), filed by Vero Beach Republican Rep. Erin Grall is ready to go to the full House after the Session starts in January.

Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

The News Service of Florida provides journalists, lobbyists, government officials and other civic leaders with comprehensive, objective information about the activities of state government year-round.

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