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Short “Week” Includes More PIP Action
Monday, 17 April 2017
Tallahassee, Monday, April 17, 2017 – Observing time for the Passover and Easter holidays, last week state lawmakers met for just two days in what was supposed to be a budget-only workweek. At least that was until two separate committee meetings were scheduled at the last minute specifically for the purpose of hearing both the Senate and House versions of bills seeking to repeal Florida’s no-fault/personal injury protection insurance requirement and replace it with a new at-fault system. Both bills handily passed their committees.
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Senate, House Advance PIP/No-fault Repeals
Thursday, 13 April 2017

Tallahassee – Legislators in two key committees voted this morning to advance separate proposals, each aimed at replacing Florida’s decades-old No-Fault/Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage requirement. Both bills are strongly supported by the Florida Justice Association and are among their top priorities this legislative session. The FCA was among those groups - and the only chiropractic and provider group - testifying against both proposals in both committees.

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House Committee Considers PIP Repeal Tomorrow
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Your immediate action is needed to voice your opposition to an unfavorable House bill being heard in committee Thursday morning.
 
Tallahassee – Last night the Florida House Commerce Committee unveiled its public agenda for a special meeting tomorrow to exclusively hear its proposal seeking to replace Florida’s decades-old No-Fault/Personal Injury Protection insurance coverage requirement. The measure, Committee Substitute for House Bill 1063 (CS/HB1063) by Rep. Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach) is heavily backed by the trial bar of which Grall is a member.
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Lawmakers Shift Focus to Budgeting
Friday, 07 April 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017, Tallahassee - As the legislature’s annual 60-day session hit halftime this Wednesday, lawmakers in both the House and Senate devoted much of their time to committee work on both individual member bills and on the earliest versions of each chamber’s spending plans. Their goal is to devote two days next week, during a shortened week to observe both Passover and Easter, to finalize their budget proposals on the floor. Following that they should be in a posture to meet in conference committees during the session’s last three weeks as they work to resolve differences between the two plans.
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Budget Proposals Unveiled as Session Nears Midpoint
Sunday, 02 April 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017, Tallahassee – State lawmakers are constitutionally bound to complete only one task during their annual session each spring: Passage of a balanced budget to fund state government spending for the next fiscal year. Both the House and Senate released their separate versions for the first time this week, a week otherwise full of committee meetings as bills wind their way through hearings on their path to final consideration to each chamber’s floor.

However with an over $2-billion gap between the two differing proposals – each topping over $80-billion each -- the coming weeks are likely to be rife with debate as negotiators work to hammer out the difference between the two spending plans. On the healthcare front, several issues of interest to the profession saw action this week as detailed below.
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