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Florida’s Annual Lawmaking Session Opens
Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Wednesday, March 5, 2019, Tallahassee – Yesterday marked the kick-off of Florida’s annual 60-day lawmaking session amid the traditional fanfare of opening day. Speeches, spouses and flowers all filled the House chamber as the three branches of state government came together as tradition dictates, to hear the Governor’s annual State-of-the-State address.  Senators and Reps were greeted on opening day with the traditional FCA sunflower placed on their chamber desk and accompanied by a poem by FCA Poet Laureate Sandy Lambert. 

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Interim Meetings End as Legislative Session Nears
Monday, 25 February 2019
Monday, February 25, 2019, Tallahassee – State lawmakers returned to the capitol last week for their final round of pre-session committee meetings. This week they will take a week off before heading back for the start of their 2019 Session on March 5th, an opening day set to include new Gov. Ron DeSantis’ first State of the State address.
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Committee Work Continues on March to Annual Session
Monday, 18 February 2019
Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, Tallahassee – State lawmakers were in the capital last week, and will return again this week, for another round of pre-session committee meetings preparing for their annual 60-day lawmaking sojourn set to kick-off on March 5th. 

In addition to an assortment of proposals aimed at repealing and replacing No-fault/PIP auto insurance, there are a number of other schemes – both positive and negative – that could significantly affect chiropractic licensure and scope of practice. Add to that the reemergence of several other chiropractic groups with agendas competing with those of the FCA, most of which also serve to create confusion among lawmakers, and you’ll see this will be a very challenging season for your FCA Lobby Team. 

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PIP Repeal Surfaces as Legislature Ramps Up
Monday, 11 February 2019
Tallahassee - A bill once again seeking to repeal Florida’s decades-old No-fault/PIP insurance system was formally filed in the Florida Senate on Friday. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) introduced the measure, SB 896, aimed at eliminating the program, replacing it with a mandate that drivers carry certain levels of both bodily injury and property damage coverage instead. (Read on for a complete description.) No similar proposal has been introduced to date in the House.
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News Hints at Another PIP/No-fault Fight
Thursday, 17 January 2019
Tallahassee - Though new leaders in both the Florida House and Senate have largely been silent on the issue – along with the Florida Justice Association which led last year’s failed fight for a PIP repeal, suggesting they may have higher priorities this year – a Dec. 27th news item in the Palm Beach Post suggested another course might lie ahead. The Post article centered on a new study released by the website insure.com, a self-described “independent insurance consumer website,” claiming that Florida now has the third most expensive auto insurance rates among the states, topped by just Michigan and Louisiana.
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