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Lawmakers Ramp-up Committee Efforts
Saturday, 14 March 2015

(Friday, March 13, 2015 – Tallahassee)  With their opening week festivities finished, legislators rolled up their sleeves to begin the real nuts-and-bolts-process of lawmaking; weeding 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.  Appropriations committees also began the piecemeal work of assembling a state government spending plan, the only task Florida’s constitution mandates the Legislature must complete before adjourning.  Today Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) released budget allocations for the House, signaling his funding priorities to leaders in the various budget subcommittees responsible for assembling each portion of the state’s spending plan. Senate leaders chose not to issue allocations, suggesting the Senate might have their budget off to print as early as next week.

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Health Care Issues Abound as Lawmakers Set Sail on Session
Sunday, 08 March 2015

(Friday, March 6, 2015 – Tallahassee)  Lawmakers set their sites on the capital this week officially launching their 60-day lawmaking and budget-crafting voyage on Tuesday.  Though Gov. Rick Scott’s traditional annual opening-day address hinted at more fair weather ahead urging legislators to stay the course, undercurrents from the uncertainties plaguing state health care policies could very likely force a far different – and much rougher – path in the coming days and weeks.

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Lawmakers Conclude Pre-session Committee Efforts
Monday, 23 February 2015

(Friday, February 20, 2015 – Tallahassee)  State lawmakers were back in Tallahassee this week for their last week of committee work prior to the kick-off of their regular spring session on March 3.  Committees are now beginning to hear individual members’ bills which will have to be filed prior to the start of the session.

Here is a rundown of some of the key bills your FCA Lobby Team is already monitoring during the upcoming 60-day legislative session, which saw action since our last update (Feb. 17th).  FCA members can expect regular weekly updates, along with special alerts as they become necessary, to keep you on top of the very latest happening in Florida’s capital.  

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Pre-Session Legislative Update: Action on Telehealth and PIP
Friday, 20 February 2015

Telehealth Proposal Passes First Senate Committee

(Tallahassee, Tuesday, February 17, 2015) – A proposed Senate bill specifically authorizing chiropractic physicians to diagnose and treat using telehealth – SB 478   by Sen. Bean (R-Jacksonville) & Sen. Joyner (D-Tampa) – unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Health Policy earlier today with an amendment that specifically authorizes Florida licensed DCs, MDs, DOs and other health care providers to practice through telehealth. Health care providers licensed in other states are not authorized to practice telehealth in Florida.
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Committee Work Continues in Session Warm-up
Monday, 16 February 2015

By FCA Government Affairs Director Jack Hebert and General Counsel Paul Lambert

(Friday, February 13, 2015 - Tallahassee) State lawmakers returned to Tallahassee last week for another week of committee meetings in preparation for their annual spring lawmaking session.  Meetings will continue again this week, after which members will break for the last week in February before their annual 60-day session begins on March 3. 

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