On tap in The Capital: Friday, March 15, 2019


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    UTILITY BALLOT MEASURE AT ISSUE: The Financial Impact Estimating Conference will discuss a proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul the state’s electric utility industry. The proposal, backed by the political committee Citizens for Energy Choices, calls for wholesale and retail electricity markets to “be fully competitive so that electricity customers are afforded meaningful choices among a wide variety of competing electricity providers.” It would establish a right for customers to choose electricity providers and would limit the role of investor-owned electric utilities --- private companies such as Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power Co. --- to constructing, operating and repairing transmission and distribution systems. (8:30 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

    STATE COLLEGE PRESIDENTS HUDDLE: The Council of Presidents of the Florida College System will meet. (8:30 a.m., Association of Florida Colleges, 1725 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

    FIRST LADY HELPS RELEASE REDFISH: Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein will take part in releasing about 2,000 redfish as part of a restocking effort after the impacts of red tide. (11 a.m., 1295 Capri Blvd., Naples.)

    SCOTT HOSTS RALLY IN MIAMI: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., will help host a rally to promote freedom and democracy in Latin America. (11:35 a.m., Rebecca Sosa Multipurpose Facility, 1700 S.W. 62nd Ave., Miami.)

    FSU MED SCHOOL HOLDS ‘MATCH DAY’ EVENT: The Florida State University College of Medicine will hold a ceremony in which members of the class of 2019 will find out where they will receive residency training. (Noon, Florida State University, Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, Westcott Building, 222 South Copeland St., Tallahassee.)

    FINANCIAL AID EYED: The Education Estimating Conference will analyze issues related to student financial aid. (1 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

    IMPACT CONFERENCE HELD: The Revenue Estimating Conference will hold what is known as an “impact” conference to estimate the costs of legislation. (1:30 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

    FIU HOLDS MOMENT OF SILENCE: Florida International University will hold a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of a pedestrian-bridge collapse that killed six people. University President Mark Rosenberg will take part. (Gathering at 1:30 p.m., with moment of silence at 1:47 p.m., Florida International University, Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Betty Chapman Plaza, 11200 S.W. Eighth St., Miami.)

    RUBIO HOLDS ‘MOBILE’ OFFICE HOURS: Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold “mobile” office hours in Hillsborough County. (2 p.m., Plant City Chamber of Commerce, 106 North Evers St., Plant City.)

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ON TABLE: U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., will host a roundtable discussion about economic development in South Dade. (3 p.m., Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery, 30205 S.W. 217th Ave., Homestead.)

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