Tallahassee – With their opening-week festivities now behind them, state lawmakers got down to business last week sorting through the field of individual member and committee bills, debating and readying the strongest survivors for their final stops on the floors of both the House and Senate. Much of the legislative work is performed in committees during the opening weeks of session, but, shifts to the floor of both chambers in the closing weeks.
Some Florida lawmakers have decided it’s time to scrap and replace our current PIP/No-fault auto insurance system. Deliberations are underway right now as they meet in their annual legislative session in Tallahassee. Here’s everything you need to know about the current battle, the misinformation that’s already making rounds, and how you can participate most effectively.
Tallahassee – Tuesday of last week marked the kick-off of Florida’s annual 60-day lawmaking session amid the traditional fanfare of opening day. Speeches, family and flowers filled the House chamber as the three branches of state government came together, as tradition dictates, to hear the Governor’s annual state-of-the-state address.
While Gov. Scott painted a generally rosy picture of continued job growth, increased tourism and healthy tax revenues, behind the scenes things are not all that attractive. Disharmony on the major issues facing state policy makers is already running rampant. From taxing and spending priorities, to how Florida should best attract tourists and jobs, legislative leaders and the Governor, though all from the same party, seem to be on different pages as deliberations begin.
Tallahassee – As state lawmakers began their annual 60-day lawmaking session on Tuesday of this week, two new bills have already surfaced proposing to replace Florida’s decades-old PIP/No-fault auto insurance requirement. Similar, though not identical, each measure proposes to repeal the current PIP coverage requirement, replacing it with a requirement that drivers instead carry mandatory bodily insurance coverage.
Your immediate attention and action are requested to register your opposition to the unfavorable House bill which could be heard in committee as early as next week.
Tallahassee – State lawmakers returned to Tallahassee this week for their last round of committee meetings before returning to Tallahassee for their annual 60-day lawmaking sojourn scheduled to begin on March 7th. Tensions are already beginning to run high as House and Senate leaders and Gov. Scott continue to face-off on a wide variety of issues. On issues from job creating to gaming to state spending – even to how we should attract our tourists – it seems there’s already no common ground.