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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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Florida Legislative Session 2014: Week Nine
Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Legislature wraps up annual session on time, on Governor’s priorities

By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Affairs Dir. and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel

(Monday, May 5, 2014, Tallahassee) Florida’s state legislators ended their 2015 regular legislative session late Friday evening, marking the 60th and final day of their annual lawmaking get-together.  With agreement on a record $77.1-billion state government financing plan for the next fiscal year, and after handing Gov. Scott his top priorities – namely a significant increase in K-12 education spending, $500-million in tax relief measures, and a freeze on state university tuition increases – Republican leaders in both the House and Senate sought to help steer Scott in a positive direction as he continues on his reelection march toward November. 

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Florida Legislative Update 2014: Weeks Seven and Eight
Monday, 28 April 2014

FCA Makes Gains as Session Nears End

By Jack Hebert, FCA Government Affairs Dir. and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel

Tallahassee – After taking a break during week seven for observances for Easter and Passover, the next-to-the-last eighth week of Florida’s annual spring lawmaking session saw a flurry of activity on a number of key proposals.  Budget negotiators also moved closer this weekend to near agreement between the proposed Senate and House spending plans for state government, likely leading to an on-time adjournment on Friday of this week, the last schedule day of the regular 2014 Legislative Session.

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