Thursday marks the tenth day of the 2015 legislative session. More than a dozen House committees and subcommittees are scheduled to discuss a variety of issues. It will be much slower in the Senate.
Here are five things to watch:
The House Education Appropriations Subcommittee will discuss a bill that would scale back testing in public schools (HB 7069). The panel will also debate a proposal encouraging school systems to adopt school uniform policies (HB 7043).
The House Health Quality Subcommittee moves forward with a proposal that would expand the use of telehealth, the practice of using web and videoconferencing technology to let doctors treat patients remotely (HB 545).
The House Regulatory Affairs Committee takes up a bill (HB 239) that would increase the penalties for people whose greyhounds or racehorses test positive for a prohibited substance.
The Senate Rules Committee will hear legislation that expresses "profound disagreement" with President Barack Obama's decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba (SM 866). The proposal by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, is largely symbolic, but likely to find support.
It is worth noting that the Senate cancelled an Appropriations Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Last week, Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said the budget process had come to a halt on account of a possible $1.3 billion hole in the healthcare budget. Apparently, he wasn't bluffing.
-KATHLEEN McGRORY, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau