On tap in The Capital: Friday, February 1, 2019


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    DESANTIS MAKES ANNOUNCEMENT: Gov. Ron DeSantis will make what his office describes as a “major” announcement, which is expected to be the release of his proposed 2019-2020 state budget. DeSantis’ budget proposal will be an initial step as lawmakers prepare to negotiate a spending plan during the legislative session that starts March 5. (8:30 a.m., governor’s large conference room, the Capitol.)

    HOUSING ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Housing Finance Corporation Board of Directors will meet. (8:30 a.m., Tallahassee City Hall, 300 South Adams St., Tallahassee.)

    BROWN APPEAL HEARD: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a challenge filed by former Congresswoman Corrine Brown after she was convicted in a charity scam. Brown, a former 12-term Democratic congresswoman from Jacksonville, was convicted on fraud and tax charges related to her role in using contributions to the One Door for Education charity for personal expenses and events. In the appeal, Brown contends that a juror was improperly dismissed from her trial. The dismissal came after the juror made statements such as the “Holy Ghost” told him Brown was not guilty. Prosecutors, however, argue a district judge acted properly in replacing the juror with an alternate and disputed that the decision violated religious rights. (9 a.m., Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building, 56 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta.)

    VISIT FLORIDA BOARD MEETS IN DUVAL: The Visit Florida Board of Directors will meet in Duval County. It will be the first meeting for the tourism-marketing agency’s new president and CEO, Dana Young. (9 a.m., One Ocean Resort and Spa, 1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach.)

    REVENUE ESTIMATING PANEL HUDDLES: The state Revenue Estimating Conference will hold what is known as an “impact” conference to look at the potential costs of legislation. Among the issues is expected to be potential costs of holding a back-to-school sales tax “holiday” in August. (9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

    RUBIO HOLDS ‘LIBERTY CITY RISING’ HEARING: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who chairs the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will hold a hearing titled, “Liberty City Rising: Achieving Upward Mobility through Small Business and Community Partnerships.” Participants are expected to include U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.; state Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-Miami; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez; and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. (9 a.m., Fantasy Theater Factory At the Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 N.W. Seventh Ave., Miami.)

    SPEECH-LANGUAGE BOARD MEETS: The Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology will meet in Orange County. (9 a.m., Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando.)

    FEMA APPEALS AT ISSUE: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s office and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will hold an “appeals clinic” for people who might appeal denials of FEMA claims from Hurricane Michael. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m., TCC Gadsden Center, 223 Pat Thomas Parkway, Quincy.)

    RUBIO HOLDS ‘MOBILE’ OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours in Orange County. (2 p.m., United Against Poverty, 150 West Michigan St., Orlando.)

    LEON COUNTY DELEGATION MEETS: The Leon County legislative delegation is scheduled to meet as it prepares for the 2019 session. (2 p.m., Leon County Courthouse, commission chamber, 301 South Monroe St., Tallahassee.)

    DESANTIS, MOODY AT FEDERALIST SOCIETY EVENT: Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody will be among the speakers during a conference of the Florida chapter of the conservative legal group The Federalist Society. (Conference starts at 3:45 p.m., with DeSantis and Moody speaking at 6:30 p.m. banquet, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort, 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista.)

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