Our state legislators return to Tallahassee to begin their third week of the 2007 Legislative Session. Monday’s are usually light on substance, even this far into a Session. The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee has a select subcommittee meeting to interview candidates for the Auditor General position. The full Auditing Committee will hear an OPPAGA report on reducing costs for obtaining right-of-way for road construction. The House and Senate regular committees meet in the afternoon.
The Committee on Economic Development will hear HB 1521 by Rep. Gayle Harrell, which would provide state grants to universities to help commercialize products, patents, and processes resulting from publicly supported research.
The Committee on Infrastructure will debate HB 239 by Rep. Kelly Skidmore, a bill that limits under-18 drivers from having only one non-family under-18 passenger. One of my Top 10 Amusing Bills , HB 305 by Rep. Yolly Roberson will be heard in the Committee on Tourism and Trade – the passenger’s bill of rights legislation. The same committee will hear HB 1049 by Rep. Mike Davis, which prohibits a cover band from implying a relationship with the band they are covering.
It’s a lighter day in the Senate, with only one appropriations committee meeting and a couple of Calendar committees meeting to set Special Order Calendars for later this week.