Capital Preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics


Voter registration closes this week on Tuesday, with would-be voters having until 5 p.m. that day to register if they want to take part in the November general election.

The Cabinet is in town on Tuesday as well, and there’s a hearing in the lawsuit involving former Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer this week.

Another issue likely to continue to play out this week is the ongoing effort by Citizens Property Insurance to shed policies. The company’s “Depopulation Committee” meets this week at the Peabody in Orlando.


PUTNAM AT TAMPA POLICY DISCUSSION: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is the featured speaker at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Roundtable on Monday. The event open but costs non-chamber members $45. Info: (Monday, 12 p.m., The University Club, One Tampa City Center, 201 N. Franklin St., #3800, Tampa.)

GREER AND RPOF TANGLE IN COURT: Leon County Circuit John Cooper is scheduled to hold a hearing in a civil lawsuit filed by former state Republican Chairman Jim Greer against the party. (Monday, 2:30 p.m., Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe St., Tallahassee.)

BOARD OF ED TO DISCUSS TUITION RULING: The Florida Board of Education will hold a closed session about a federal judge’s ruling that Florida is violating the constitutional rights of American-born children of illegal immigrants by forcing them to pay higher tuition rates than other state college and university students. (Monday, 6 p.m., Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando.)

FLORIDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS FUTURE FORUM: The statewide business group holds its annual Future of Florida Forum in Orlando, a two-day affair that brings together CEOs, small business owners, chamber of commerce, elected leaders, non-profit and international thought leaders to discuss Florida’ future. Keynote speakers include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and William Bennett.  (Monday, 12 p.m., Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort, 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista.)

FAMU PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH: Florida A&M University’s Presidential Search Qualifications and Criteria Subcommittee has scheduled a teleconference on Monday to discuss the process for executive search firms as the school seeks a replacement for James Ammons, who resigned. (Monday, 4 p.m., 1-800-309-9169 and the conference ID number is 38563176.)


VOTER REGISTRATION CLOSES: Book closing for voter registration for the general election is Tuesday. The deadline for registering is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

BOARD OF ED GETS READY FOR 2013 SESSION: The Florida Board of Education will take up a series of issues, including its legislative priorities for 2013 and its budget request. (Tuesday, 8 a.m., Valencia College, 1800 South Kirkman Road, Special Events Center, Building 8, Orlando.)

CABINET HOLDS ABBREVIATED MEETING: The governor and Cabinet meet for what should be a brief meeting as they address a short agenda limited to highway safety rules on laser devices and State Board of Administration issues. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Cabinet Room, The Capitol.)

CITIZENS DEPOPULATION COMMITTEE: The Citizens Property Insurance board’s Depopulation Committee meets Tuesday to continue the ongoing discussion of how the state-backed company can shed policies. Officials want to remove policies from the company to reduce its exposure. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., The Peabody Hotel, 9801 International Dr., Orlando. Phone-in: 855-312-8651 Participant Code:4458606638#)

CAT FUND COVERAGE AT ISSUE: The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Advisory Council will hold a conference call to discuss issues such as claims-paying capacity. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., conference call number: 1-888-670-3525, conference code 7135858151.)


PUTNAM AT ECONOMIC CLUB OF FLORIDA: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam speaks Wednesday at the Economic Club of Florida. (Wednesday, Oct. 10, 12 p.m., Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, A2-A3, Tallahassee.)

SCOTT TO BEACON COUNCIL: Gov. Rick Scott will attend The Beacon Council’s annual meeting in Miami. The governor will join others at a luncheon event that is part of  larger slate of events at the business group’s annual meeting. Tickets for the luncheon are $100 for members and $150 for non-members.  (Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. InterContinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami.)


SD 4: BEAN AT JAX BEACHES BIZ FORUM: Senate District 4 candidate Aaron Bean, Republican, attends the  Jacksonville Beaches Business Association Candidate Forum. (Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., 605 Penmen Rd., South, Jacksonville Beach.)


CITRUS CROP FORECAST: The initial citrus crop forecast for 2012-2013 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is out Thursday. For live coverage:  (8:30 a.m.)

HOSPITAL REIMBURSEMENTS DISCUSSED: The Agency for Health Care Administration will hold a meeting to continue discussions about changes in the way hospitals are reimbursed to care for Medicaid patients. The changes involve moving to what is known as a “diagnosis related group,’’ or DRG, system. (Thursday, 9 a.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

PANEL TO TALK ABOUT LAND PROJECTS: The state Acquisition and Restoration Council, which works on issues related to the Florida Forever program and conservation lands, will hold a public hearing. (Thursday, 9 a.m., Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee.)

SUPREME COURT: The Florida Supreme Court issues opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

FWC SEEKS INPUT ON GAG GROUPER: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hosts a workshop to get input on Gulf of Mexico gag grouper. The workshop focus will be potential changes to the bag limit for the fish and determining the public’s preferred dates for the 2013 Gulf gag grouper recreational fishing season. (Thursday, 6 p.m., Perry City Council Meeting Room, 224 S. Jefferson St., Perry.)

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: The one and only debate between Vice President Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) takes place Thursday at Centre College in Kentucky. Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz will moderate. (Thursday, 9 p.m., Centre College, Danville, KY)


BONDI BREAKFAST SPEAKER AT MIAMI REPUBLICAN EVENT: Attorney General Pam Bondi is the featured speaker at Friday’s Republican Party of Miami-Dade County’s breakfast reception fundraiser for state and federal GOP candidates. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., 94th Aero Squadron, 1395 N. Red Road, Miami.)

ACQUISITION AND RESTORATION PANEL TO MEET: The state Acquisition and Restoration Council, which works on issues related to the Florida Forever program and conservation lands, is scheduled to hold a second day of meetings. (Friday, 9 a.m., Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee.)

PREVENT CHILD ABUSE NATIONAL CONFERENCE: Prevent Child Abuse America holds its annual national conference in Jacksonville. (Friday, Hyatt Regency Riverfront, Jacksonville.)


SANTORUM AT ANTI-ABORTION EVENT: Former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the Stories of Hope event for Emergency Pregnancy Services, an anti-abortion group that counsels pregnant women not to have them. (Saturday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m., Southpoint Marriott,  4670 Salisbury Rd.,Jacksonville.)



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