Pack a lunch; the Senate's budget committee has scheduled a 9-hour meeting. Here's more details about that and what else to watch today:
You read it correctly. The Senate Appropriations Committee meets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to begin working on the budget, including wading through 50 amendments (and counting) that have been proposed.
Also on the Appropriations Committee agenda is a proposal (SB 392) to increase the maximum speed limit to 75 miles per hour on interstates, 65 on four-lane highways outside urban areas and 60 on other roads the state manages.
The same panel will also debate SB 1148, which reduces maximum tuition increases at state universities from 15 percent to 6, removes a provision in state law that requires universities' tuition to increase at the rate of inflation and requires community colleges to seek the Legislature's approval before they introduce new bachelor degree programs.
Anti-abortion advocates will be in Tallahassee for "Celebrate Life Day." Many will attend the House's Health & Human Services Committee where HB 1047, a proposal that would restrict doctors from performing abortions anytime the fetus is considered viable, is up for debate.
The House will hold an afternoon session, and members are expected to vote on proposals to expand access to public-school extracurricular activities for children who are home-schooled or attend other types of schools (HB 533), allow university support organizations to meet privately when discussing donations (HB 115) and remove a moratorium on new nursing home beds (HB 287).