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State lawmakers buckle-down
Monday, 25 January 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016, Tallahassee – With their opening week festivities now in the rearview mirror, legislators got back to the business of lawmaking this week, sorting through the field of both individual member and committee bills and readying the potentially strongest survivors for a final trek to the floors of both the House and Senate.  Two bills passed by both houses during their first week of work quickly received the Governor’s nod of approval. Both measures, a comprehensive rewrite of the state’s water policy, plus legislation offering new educational and employment opportunities for the developmentally disabled, were signed into law on Thursday. Water was House Speaker’s Crisafulli’s top priority, while Senate President Gardiner championed the improved opportunities for the disabled.

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Lawmakers Begin Their Earlier-Than-Usual Annual Session
Thursday, 21 January 2016
session sunflower

Tallahassee, Monday, January 18, 2016 – State legislators gathered in Tallahassee last week to being their 60-day regular session last week, two months earlier than their usual spring gathering, promising a more collegial effort than the meltdown that abruptly ended last year’s session. Members’ desks in each chambers were adorned with the usual opening-day floral tributes including the FCA’s traditional sunflower, accompanied by a poem penned by FCA Poet Laureate Sandy Lambert.

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PIP/No-Fault Auto Insurance Repeal Legislation Update
Monday, 21 December 2015

A bill proposing to repeal Florida’s PIP/No-fault auto insurance requirement effective January 1, 2019, was filed by Rep. Hager (R-Boca Raton) on Dec.17. HB 997 followed less than a week after Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) filed the original PIP repeal bill on December 11th. The initial bill was reported by the FCA on December 15, 2015 (see "Proposed PIP Elimination Filed in the Florida Senate").

 

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Proposed PIP/No-fault elimination filed in Florida Senate
Monday, 14 December 2015
A Special Florida Legislative Update

Monday, December 14, 2015, Tallahassee – A bill proposing to repeal the PIP/No-fault auto insurance requirement in Florida effective Jan. 1, 2019 has been introduced for consideration by the legislature during their upcoming regular session set to convene on January 12, 2016. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, filed SB 1112 proposing the repeal. Proposed in its place is a mandatory bodily injury requirement with minimum required limits of $10,000/$20,000. In addition, SB 1112 does the following until the ultimate repeal of the PIP requirement on January 1, 2019:

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Final committee week includes Chiros at the Capitol event
Monday, 14 December 2015
Tallahassee, Monday, December 14 – State lawmakers finished their final week of interim committee meetings the first week of December, returning home for the holidays before the legislature convenes in Tallahassee for their annual 60-day lawmaking session slated to start on January 12. In 2016 they will meet earlier than the customary March-April get-together.
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