Monday, April 19, 2021, Tallahassee – With less than two weeks remaining in the year’s regular legislative session a revised proposal aimed at repealing and replacing Florida’s decades-old No-fault/PIP auto insurance system was approved this afternoon by the House Judiciary Committee, the bill’s last committee of reference. Committee Substitute for House Bill 719 by Rep. Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach), is now available for consideration by the full House. A similar proposal, Senate Bill 54, passed by the full Senate on April 14th, is now available for consideration by the House as well.
Thursday, April 15, 2021, Tallahassee – After three weeks of inaction, last night in a surprise move the Senate debated and quickly passed by a 38 to 1 vote a bill proposing to repeal Florida’s No-fault/PIP auto insurance system. Adding to that surprise was that the final bill passed included a number of last-minute amendments, most of which had never been aired or considered in the usual committee process, pointed out during debate on the bill by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg), who cast the lone dissenting vote on final passage.
From the steps of the Florida Capitol, FCA Government Relations Director Jack Hebert discusses what's making this year's session different:
Friday, March 5, 2021, Tallahassee – Tuesday, March 3rd marked the start of Florida’s annual 60-day lawmaking session amid the traditional fanfare of opening day. Speeches, spouses, flags and flowers all filled an otherwise closed capital on the Legislature’s opening day for the first time in modern history as Florida’s top leaders paid heed to pandemic safety concerns. While all three branches of state government gathered to hear the Governor’s annual State-of-the-State address delivered in the House chamber, Senators opted to keep their distance instead, viewing his remarks remotely by video behind the closed doors of their Senate chamber.