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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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Special Session Overlaps Pre-session Committee Meetings
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015, Tallahassee – State lawmakers, returned to Tallahassee this week for another round of committee meetings in preparation for their annual 60-day lawmaking session slated to start in January, earlier than the customary March kick-off. But, legislators also faced the dual duty of meeting in their third special session this year, this time to address the court-ordered redrawing of the states Senate districts.
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Lawmakers Return to Capitol for Budget Negotiations
Sunday, 14 June 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015, Tallahassee – Having failed to agree on a state spending plan for fiscal year 2015-16, lawmakers returned to Tallahassee last week for a three-week special session to try to agree on a budget before July 1, the start of the state’s next fiscal year.  During this second week of their negotiations, House and Senate appropriations chairs are now working through any remaining differences unresolved by conference committees.  Once concluded, any remaining differences are then “bumped-up” to the House Speaker and Senate President for their attention and agreement before the final conference budget will be voted on by each body.

 

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Abrupt House Adjournment Crashes Chaotic Session
Thursday, 30 April 2015
Thursday, April 30, Tallahassee – Though state lawmakers could not agree on their sole constitutional task of passing a balanced budget before their scheduled adjournment on May 1st, most believed lawmakers’ final week in regular session would be spent resolving a number of important policy issues. At least that seemed to be the course until House leaders, unbeknownst to most of their rank-and-file members, sent shock waves throughout the capitol complex deciding to adjourn sine die three days early, on Tuesday afternoon shortly after a lunch break.  Sine die, is a Latin term meaning “without a day,” signaling final adjournment. 
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