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2013 Legislative Session Weekly Update: Legislators finish their work at least for now.
Thursday, 09 May 2013
                (Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Tallahassee)  Florida’s Legislature concluded its annual lawmaking session on time last Friday, passing a balanced budget while addressing a wide variety of other issues ranging from texting while driving to restricting the use of drone aircraft.  But perhaps, most notable, this session was remarkable for what was not accomplished, as lawmakers failed to agree on a plan for expanding health care to lower income Floridians in light of the looming changes coming to our nation’s health care delivery system.
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Special Session Ends Abruptly
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
               (Tuesday, 07/20/2010, Tallahassee) – In a matter of hours the Florida House and Senate concluded what was originally slated to be a four-day session previously ordered by Gov. Charlie Crist.  Presumably having little interest in doing anything to help the political future of the newly-independent Crist, Republican leaders on both sides were quick to dismiss his request. 

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2010 Florida Legislative Update: Legislature finishes job with little fanfare
Wednesday, 05 May 2010
               Tallahassee, Tuesday, May 4, 2010 – State lawmakers raced to the finish line on Friday evening, the final scheduled day of their 2010 legislative session.  However, in a break with tradition, absent was the usual Sine Die ceremony, customarily including laudatory remarks from the governor.  Fact is, Governor Crist wasn’t even present this year, choosing instead to leave for Miami, the day after he declared he would continue his race for the U.S. Senate – just not as a Republican.
               But, political aspirations were just one of many forces helping to shape the debate in Florida’s capitol on a wide variety of issues over the last 60 days.  Lawmakers faced the daunting challenge of crafting a state government spending plan in the face of Florida’s struggling economy.  The final $70.4-billion plan relied heavily on the balance of federal stimulus funds coupled with proceeds from a new gaming compact with Florida’s Seminole Tribe.
               Beyond the budget issue, lawmakers filed almost 2,500 other bills for consideration -- only 301 of which were left standing, having been approved by both houses when the final gavel fell.  Now the focus moves to our new “independent” Governor’s desk, as each issue offered up by the Republican-dominated House and Senate passes under the specter of his veto pen. 
               Health care, especially for low income Floridians, was once again a central concern as the state’s ever-growing list of Medicaid-eligible recipients continues on track to consume a larger and larger share of state government spending.  In an effort to possibly slow that growth, lawmakers considered, but, could not finally agree on, a massive overhaul of the program designed to move it closer to a managed care model.  Watch next year for this debate to continue.
               This session also saw a number of issues of interest to the chiropractic profession move to the forefront, particularly in the closing days.  Fortunately a last-minute attempt seeking to move PIP/No-fault treatment into the managed-care area was defeated, while new laws seeking to restrict the use of “pain management” in advertising were successfully amended to exclude chiropractic clinics.
               Following is your annual “What Passed – What Didn’t Pass” summary of the top issues your FCA Lobby Team was closely following – and likely fighting in earnest, either for or against – during this year’s legislative session.  For more detailed information on any of these bills, be sure to visit the Florida’s Legislature’s official website, Online Sunshine, at www.leg.state.fl.us .
 

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Governor signs PIP/No-fault reenactment
Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007, Tallahassee – At 10:30 a.m. this morning, Governor Charlie Crist signed into law HB13C, the PIP/No-fault reenactment passed by the Legislature last week during their current special session. 

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Governor Approves Chiropractic Bill
Sunday, 01 July 2007

Tallahassee - On June 27th, Governor Crist signed into law SB 2858 which makes a number of changes in state laws relating to the practice of chiropractic, the majority of which took effect on July 1, 2007.

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