What's Going on the Week of March 24

Florida lawmakers might want to rest up.

With about a third of the 60-day legislative session finished, the coming week is going to be filled with some of the highest-profile — and noisiest — issues of the year.

Felons’ voting rights. Canadian drug imports. Fracking. Armed teachers. The list goes on.

And in the middle of the week, House and Senate appropriations committees are expected to take up proposed state budgets that are in the neighborhood of $90 billion.

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019


HEALTH SAVINGS SOUGHT: The House Ways & Means Committee will take up a bill (HB 1113), filed by Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, that would allow health insurers to create “shared savings” accounts. The proposal is designed to encourage insured people to shop for cheaper health services and be able to share the savings with insurers. (Monday, noon, Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

HEMP PROGRAM PITCHED: The Senate Agriculture Committee will take up a bill (SB 1020), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would authorize the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to move forward with rules for a state hemp program. The proposal comes after a 2018 federal law legalized

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