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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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New Governor, Ambitious Agenda
Thursday, 17 January 2019

Tallahassee – Standing on the steps of Florida’s historic capitol, former U.S. Congressman Ron DeSantis took the oath of office at high Noon last Tuesday, officially becoming Florida’s 46th governor. And within less than a week since that brisk, sunny morning, he’s already turning more than a few heads, proving he’s a leader set on a course like none other in the Sunshine State’s recent history.

Governor DeSantis Inaugural

 

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Legislature Finishes in Overtime, PIP Repeal Dies
Monday, 12 March 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018, Tallahassee – Florida lawmakers concluded their annual 60-day lawmaking session after a rare Sunday afternoon session, two days past their originally scheduled time of adjournment, finally agreeing to a record $88.7-billion state spending plan for fiscal year 2018-19. Education, a top priority for both Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, saw significant increases in spending for both K-12 students and Bright Futures merit-based scholarships for university and state college students.
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Direct Primary Care Access Bill Heads to Governor
Thursday, 08 March 2018
Thursday, March 8, 2018, Tallahassee – Earlier today the Florida Senate gave its final approval to the Direct Primary Care Access Bill (House Bill 37) sponsored by Rep. Danny Burgess (R-San Antonio). The bill, previously passed by the Florida House, now heads to the Governor for his consideration. If approved, the new law would allow chiropractic physicians, among other designated disciplines, to enter into direct agreements with employers to provide primary care services to employees as a benefit, or make an arrangement with a family to provide care for a monthly fee affordable to the family or an individual.
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