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"And then you know let me know what. Where do you think the really interesting interesting debate is going to be the session? What Committee hearings are you GonNa make sure that you're going to be sitting in on? I am going to be paying a lot of attention to education. I think number one education makes up the majority of our general revenue spending in. It's the second largest piece of overall overall state since the state spending it's impossible to ignore and with as many asks as have been proposed every single committee is is going to be not very much one to watch as the legislature tries to grapple with how to fulfil governor dances. Goals another issue. I'm going to be watching is how this issue of e-verify plays out. We haven't really talked about that yet. but for those who don't know what it is. It's a federal system that that states can use to see whether or not certain people are qualified to work in the United States and it is full of holes and it has been controversial. And you know governor. Santa's wants Florida Florida businesses to use this. But he's GonNa get a lot of pushback especially from the agricultural community he's also already getting being pushed back from the Senate over this particular issue and so you know whether or not he gets that it has been tried and failed before that is going to be an issue to watch. I think I just wanted to to underline what Lynn just said. This is one more. This is another example of an area where Rhonda Santa's honeymoon in office could hit some bumps. He's well staked out in favor of e-verify but it has Proposals to enforce it have failed on more than one. Recent in more than one recent session of the legislature over the last few years because because of opposition from agricultural interests and others many of whom employ large numbers of illegal immigrants and don't want to be forced to verify people title citizenship status when they're hired a lot of these interests agriculture and tourism are very politically powerful. Also high on the agenda as always. These are these divisive cultural issues concerning abortion and guns gun rights and gun control. There is an abortion bill. Will that set to be heard by the full house. It's already ready for the full House that requires parental consent for a minor to obtain gene and abortion Lynn. What do you think's going to happen with that I think that is actually going to pass the fact that it's been teed up early kind of signals the legislature wants to get this done and out of the way You really don't want to get mired down in something like this. You don't want it to drag out. It's sort of sucks the oxygen out of the room. But I think that you have seen the house Has Obviously ready for it. The Senate is close to teeing it up and governor the Governor Rhonda Santa's agrees with it so you know the legislature has been sort of trying this for years but I think now is the time where it will actually pass. But that's you know once it passes the legislature groups already ready to sue. We've we've seen this sort of time and time again. What I think is really interesting about this ears? Sort of culture wars fights Is that advocates for. Some of these bills are really pushing the idea of parental rights And that's something thing that I think is a new Emergent conversation they're framing a Lotta these around. I am the parents. I am the guardian of this. This child it's my duty to protect the this child and you the legislature the things that you pass sort of infringe on that and that's sort of now emerging in a a Lotta these culture war conversations when parents are really stepping up and saying these are my kids. I should have a say over what they do. And that has been something that we've seen so far during committee weeks with a lot of these issues. So I think that with respect to the abortion and requiring parental consent in most cases not in all cases but most cases. It's going to go through. It's GonNa go quickly because the legislature doesn't want to get mired down in it and that's not the only abortion restriction. No it's not there as heartbeat. Bill has also been filed which prohibits abortion when you can detect fetal heartbeat. That bill has not moved in previous sessions. My guess is it won't this year because the Republicans who control the legislature. Don't want to push the argument. That far of my guess is they. Don't want to enact what would amount to an on almost complete abortion ban but It has been introduced and as Lin noted. We're the parental consent. Bill is much more likely to pass. it's worth noting. Florida now has a law regarding parental notification. This would move it forward to parental consent. And and I'm just curious about that. So notification did a parent have to just sign off saying yes I know of a about it. How did you How would someone prove notification as opposed to consent while the medical authorities involved? If I'm right would be re have been required to notify parents. Parents when they when they perform the now they actually have to get an active consent. This would require right if this passes. And as as Lin Lin said this will probably repeat the pattern that we've seen over the past several years of the legislature passing abortion restrictions that are popular with the conservative culturally conservative base and then litigation being filed overtone right and so the interesting thing is the state. Supreme Court has overturned these bills sales in the past. But isn't that. The makeup of the Supreme Court is a little different than it has changed drastically because of appointments by Rhonda Santa's who Ah has already made three appointments to the court changing the majority to to a majority of justices appointed by Republicans. And so that could have some this year airing on issues abortion. That's right this year. Could be different in terms of how the Supreme Court reacts now the Gun Bills Goals say seem to run the gamut there. There are bills making gun control more restrictive and then there are other bills that would repeal the restrictions that were past After the MARJORY Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. What what seems to have a good chance of making it this year? Lend Glenn ooh that's a toughie You know I think that with respect to the gun bills because so much of this is just high into school safety any proposal. That targets guns in schools is definitely going to be one to watch The Marjorie I do do not believe that you're gonNA see the legislature walked back some of its provisions. That were put in place by Marjory. Stoneman Douglas. I think that that is a no go I know that Anthony Santini's actually filed some of those repeal bills But I don't think that they are going to get anywhere if there's anything if there's anything that the legislature has sort of put its foot down about it. Is that the laws and rules put in place after Stoneman. Douglas are absolute. So it's probably really think you're going to see any sort of appeal. Yeah and you know what it's probably important to point out at this point that about ninety five percent of the bills that are filed by the legislators. Don't even never reach the governor so it is really a small fraction of bills that ended up going anywhere actually only a small fraction ever. Actually we got voted on even Elon Committee rocks less on the floor of the houses of the legislature itself. But I will say one proposal that I think I think we'll definitely be one to watch is whether or not the state will move ahead with some sort of expansion of the red flag laws Those those have been working law enforcement has been using those you know those. Those are the laws that enable law enforcement to petition the court to remove firearms from people bull who are deemed threats Now there are proposals to expand that to allow family members and some other people to sort of raise similar alarms. The legislature slater may consider that there's also the task force that Senate President Bill Galvano created. He charged senator. Tom Lee to sort sort of look into how do we strengthen some of these provisions and so that group has not come out with recommendations yet it might roll out something later on on As session gets going but that's going to be something that people should be paying attention to. Yeah that Task Force. It seems like they would have some bearing on this session. Then the right and it's unclear what they'll propose most likely they'll propose things in the area of mental health funding Behavioral Threat Assessments assignments. Something like that I think We could also note that campus carry is likely to be a big issue again this year and that is the right of the right of universities. Well anyone who has a concealed carry permit. which which part of that is you have to be twenty one so not all students but but those twenty one and older who have concealed carry permits would be allowed to carry weapons on campus And the the university presidents in general are strongly opposed to this particular. John Thrasher at Florida state so the state tourism agencies is life is hanging in the balance that is visit Florida. Will there be another extension for the funding for visit Florida. Glenn what do you think well. That's definitely what the Senate wants. The Senate is firmly in visit Florida's corner but that is not what the House wants a house speaker. Jose Louisville would be perfectly happy. If visit Florida died in a fiery is very much opposed to This agency and elite US perspective is Florida Capri much market itself. We don't need a tourism agency to market US WHEN WE ORLANDO and Disney and Miami. Do a perfectly good job marketing themselves million dollar paycheck to pit bull that just put everybody over for the ads did it did. And it really soured visit Florida in the eyes of a lot of People but the flip side of this is that visit Florida is not just marketing. Miami and Orlando you know it's marketing places like crestview. It's marketing places in the the Pan handle places that you know people would not think to go. It does a lot of work with a lot of local tourism Departments in the ground. It did a lot of work after the hurricanes to say hey Florida's still open and so there's really this kind of tug of war. It has a new leader in former Senator Dana Young who was tasked past with sort of leading this. And it's it shrunk. It's gotten a lot smaller After the legislature cut its funding by a lot last year and Dan. You Know Young's argument is that the agency is leaner it's meaner it has learned its lesson. No more pit bull contracts but is that going to be enough to save it and that's GonNa come down to really Senate President Galvano House Speaker. Jose Leyva and again governor Ronda Sant now governor onto Santa's is okay with visit Florida's so the question is who is going to win this battle. I will tell you that this is going to be one of those things that is negotiated at the last minute. It has usually is during final budget negotiations. So what happens to that agency Is something that's going to be decided very late in session but the people who work at visit visit Florida are hoping that they will get some sort of extension another bill that I'm interested in now. I'm a nonsmoker. And I know lots of US have probably gone to the beach and we put down our towel and were there to breathe in the nicey air and we start breathing in the cigarette from the person in the next towel over and it's gross But Senator Joe Gruber's is pushing a bill that would ban smoking on the beaches and and the state parks. I'm wondering if."