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Tensions Mount as Lawmakers Begin Annual Session
Monday, 13 March 2017
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.

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PIP/No-fault Replacement Proposals Surface
Friday, 10 March 2017
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.

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Lawmakers Meet for Last Time Before Annual Session
Friday, 24 February 2017
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.
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PIP AND EMCs the Court Rules
Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Third District Court of Appeal Upholds Lower Court Decision That the Disparity in EMC Evaluations Does Not Violate Equal Protection

Last week the Third District Court of appeal upheld a lower court decision stating it was lawful to preclude a chiropractic physician from performing an EMC determination under the PIP statute, finding that part of the PIP statute did not violate the equal protection clause of the Florida Constitution.  Progressive American Ins. Co. v. Eduardo J. Garrido, D.C., P.A. 

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Committee Meetings Continue in March to Annual Session
Monday, 20 February 2017
Tallahassee – State lawmakers were in Tallahassee last week for another round of committee meetings, and will return again this week for their last week of meetings, in preparation for their spring lawmaking session slated to begin on March 7th. Committee agendas now include consideration of individual member bills as well as presentations relating to the Governor’s budget recommendations for the coming fiscal year.

Here’s an update on the latest healthcare happenings last week, plus several other issues important to chiropractic that you’re likely to be hearing more about in the coming weeks during the legislature’s annual 60-day session.

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