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Gun Protests Captivate Legislature’s Work
Saturday, 24 February 2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018, Tallahassee – The tragedy in the wake of the Parkland massacre spread to Florida’s capitol this week, redirecting the legislative agenda during a week normally devoted to wrapping-up committee work to ready individual bills for final consideration on the floor. Protests and rallies, together with the attention of national news media, meant less time for lawmakers to work on the one task they are mandated to complete each year by the Constitution: passage of a state government funding plan for FY 2018-19.
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Budget Work Dominates Legislature’s Fifth Week
Friday, 09 February 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018, Tallahassee – Lawmakers reached the halfway point of their 60-day annual legislative session on Wednesday of this week, a week otherwise dominated by debate and final passage of each chamber’s state budget spending proposals. Legislators are now in a posture to begin Senate-House negotiations to hammer out the differences between their two plans. Though both are very close to each other in their record $82-billion-odd bottom lines, there are significantly different spending priorities in each that will have to be worked through. Conferees will likely be appointed by both the House speaker and the Senate president next week to begin the negotiations to reach a compromise plan.
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Budget Proposals Unveiled as Session Nears Midpoint
Friday, 02 February 2018
Friday, February 2, 2018, Tallahassee – State lawmakers are constitutionally bound to complete only one task during their annual session each year: 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 individual member and proposed committee bills wind their way through public hearings on their path to final consideration on each chamber’s floor.
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Despite Distractions, Annual Session in Full Swing
Thursday, 25 January 2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Tallahassee – After an awkward kick-off following a holiday season punctuated by allegations and resignations relating to everything from sexual harassment to generally bad behavior, House and Senate members have now finally been able to turn their focus to doing the people’s work. Now three weeks into their scheduled nine-week session, substantive bills are already moving through committees in both the House and Senate. 
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Senate Committee Advances Telehealth Proposal
Friday, 19 January 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018, Tallahassee – A bill proposing to establish new standards of care and guidelines for the delivery of virtual “Telehealth” services was unanimously approved by the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Tuesday afternoon. The FCA was the only chiropractic group rising to support the measure, Senate Bill 280, proposed by Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach). 
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