CHAMBER FORUM CONCLUDES: The Florida Chamber Foundation will finish its three-day “Future of Florida Forum,” and the Florida Chamber Board of Governors will meet. Among the expected speakers are Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Florida Power & Light President Eric Silagy, who is the Florida Chamber’s chairman. (8 a.m., Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center, 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista.)
WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL TO DISCUSS STEM: John Holdren, a top science and technology adviser to President Barack Obama, will appear at Florida International University to discuss the Obama administration’s initiatives for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. (9 a.m., Graham Center ballrooms, FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 S.W. Eighth St., Miami.)
RUBIO STAFF HOLDS OFFICE HOURS: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s office will hold “mobile office hours” in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. (10 a.m., Old City Hall, 315 East Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Also, 2 p.m., St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 Fifth St. North, St. Petersburg.)
PUTNAM, CHAMBER CRITICIZE MARIJUANA AMENDMENT: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and David Hart, executive vice president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, will appear at a news conference to criticize a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana. (10:15 a.m., Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center, 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista.)
COALITION TO BACK SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: A group known as the “Save Our Scholarships Coalition” will hold a media conference call to urge an end to a lawsuit challenging the Florida Tax-Credit Scholarship program, which provides voucher-like assistance to help children attend private schools. (10:30 a.m. Call-in number: 1-800-791-2345. Code: 27185.)
FIRST LADY SPEAKS TO GOP WOMEN: Florida First Lady Ann Scott will speak to members of the Southwest Florida Federated Republican Women. (1:15 p.m., Tarpon Cove Yacht & Resort Club, 471 Bay Club Dr., Naples.)
BROWARD GOP RALLIES FOR BOGDANOFF, MORAITIS: The Broward County Republican Party will hold a rally to try to boost the campaigns of Senate candidate Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, state Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca. (6 p.m., Bonefish Macs, 2002 East Sample Road, Lighthouse Point.)
NEW LAWS TAKE EFFECT: As October starts, 32 new state laws will take effect, including long-sought regulations on Florida’s commercial parasailing industry, a measure about crimes against unborn children and attempts to crack down on sexual offenders and human trafficking.