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Pre-session Committee Warm-up Includes Work Comp and No-Fault Discussions
Friday, 27 January 2017
Tallahassee – State lawmakers, returned to Tallahassee last week for another round of committee meetings in preparation for their annual 60-day lawmaking session slated to begin on March 7. Their pace has started to pick up now that members in both houses have received their committee assignments. Meetings finally started to dive deeper into the issues likely to be at the forefront during this year’s spring deliberations.

Among the variety of health care issues discussed, at least two continued to be closely monitored this week by the FCA Lobby Team: No-fault auto insurance and workers’ compensation. Here’s a closer look at committee work in both the Florida House and Senate this week on these two key issues.
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Legislators Begin Session Prep as PIP/No-fault Repeal is Filed
Thursday, 15 December 2016
Tallahassee – Florida’s newly-elected state senators assembled at the capitol this week for their first round of committee meetings preparing for their 2017 Legislative Session slated to begin in early March. House members, however, chose not to meet this week opting instead for two days of training seminars conducted last week.
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Itís a wrap: State lawmakers end session on time, with a budget
Friday, 18 March 2016
Friday, March 17, 2016, Tallahassee – In dramatic contrast to their meltdown near the end of last year’s annual lawmaking session, smiling House and Senate leaders returned to a more cordial finale concluding their 2016 session on time last Friday evening. Shortly after the traditional “handkerchief drop” signaling their final adjournment sine die (Latin for “without day”), House and Senate leaders went one friendlier step further, meeting together outside their chamber doors on the Capitol’s fourth floor. Much praise and back-slapping were the order of the day and even Gov. Rick Scott made a rare visit upstairs to praise their efforts. 
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Legislature heads to on-time adjournment
Friday, 11 March 2016
(Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Tallahassee)  With this Tuesday’s agreement on a record $82.3-billion state government spending plan, House and Senate members appear poised for an on-time adjournment this Friday. Florida’s constitution mandates a 72-hour “cooling off” period before a final vote can be taken on the budget plan negotiated through the conference process.
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Budget Negotiations Slated to Start
Wednesday, 02 March 2016
Tallahassee – Much of the Legislature’s work during its seventh week centered around finalizing state budget details in preparation for conference committee meetings planned to take place over the weekend and extending into early in the following week. Both the House and Senate versions of their respective spending plans still have major differences that must be resolved, primarily centered on education issues and on differences in the amounts each proposes for tax cuts and economic incentive funding.
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