In response to member calls about the confusing effective dates in HB 119, FCA General Counsel Paul Lambert prepared a table listing each bill section, the section line numbers, a description of the section's effect and the effective date of each section. Different parts of the bill take effect at different times. (In general, a bill becomes law when the Governor signs a bill or allows it to become law without his signature, fifteen days after the bill is presented to him. Generally, a bill becomes effective upon becoming law. However, the Legislature may enact dates upon which a bill takes effect after it has become law.)
The Florida House is poised to continue its work on PIP reform, reworking the Senate bill now in its possession to improve it for the insurance industry and worsen it for chiropractic and consumers. The issue is likely to be front and center at any moment, before the Legislature's adjournment tonight.
A campaign is being mounted by the Governor and Florida Insurance Commissioner, encouraging the Florida House to amend the text of the original, horrific House bill (eliminating access to chiropractic) onto the PIP bill recently sent over the by the Senate (which has direct access to chiropractic) and send it back to the Senate.
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Tallahassee – Slightly before 6 p.m. the Florida House considered on second reading CS/HB 119, the very unfavorable bill that proposes to replace PIP with a new emergency care coverage. Several procedural and technical amendments were adopted, however consideration on two other amendments were delayed until the bill is next considered and debated before a vote is taken on final passage, presumably as early as tomorrow.
By Jack Hebert, FCA Govt. Rel. Director and Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel
At any time, the full Florida House will be considering CS/HB119 – the very bad PIP/No-fault reform bill that in its present form completely eliminates access to chiropractic through an emergency room-based system. Your help is needed immediately to stop an amendment that is being falsely labeled as pro-chiropractic.
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Each legislative session presents the opportunity for many differing interests to provide their commentary on legislative activities in Tallahassee, often providing suggestions on how to best influence your Senators and Representatives. As you are well aware, your FCA Lobby Team quite often requests your participation in grassroots efforts to contact your legislators to share your views. We depend on – and appreciate – your prompt and thoughtful action.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7:30pm, Tallahassee – Moments ago, the Senate Budget Committee considered and passed SB1860 by Sen. Joe Negron (R-Palm City) proposing a variety of reforms to Florida’s no-fault automobile insurance system. The Negron proposal is the preferred bill currently moving through the Legislature, in stark contrast to the House bill which continues to be anti-consumer, anti-chiropractic and pro-insurance.