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Week in Review | Session Week 3 (January 27-31, 2020)

The Florida Capitol this week got a facelift; streamers of colorful crayon-stained construction paper cutouts cascaded from the third-floor rotunda, signaling the 25th-anniversary celebration of Children’s Week. In the spirit of the theme, House lawmakers considered many policies this week that empower Florida families and help kids in the process. In committees, lawmakers approved sweeping reforms to the state’s child welfare system, expansions on school choice, and improvements to school security. During Wednesday’s House floor meeting, representatives passed several bills, including one to protect public school student athletes from deadly heat strokes by requiring schools have life-savin

House Committee Passes Sweeping Child Welfare Reforms During Children’s Week at Florida Capitol

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — During the 25th Annual Children's Week at the Florida Capitol, House lawmakers in the Children, Families & Seniors subcommittee today approved sweeping child welfare reforms via a proposed committee bill. The bill, PCB CFS 20-02, Child Welfare, improves the state’s child welfare system by providing more support for key workers, enhancing workforce development at every stage in the pipeline, involving community-based organizations, and holding all partners to the same standard of excellence. Pay raises for child protective investigators and supervisors are included among the reforms. “We have hundreds of people who are making enormous decisions, daily, for our state's most

Week in Review | Session Week 2 (January 21-24, 2020)

Week 2 of the Regular Session of the Florida Legislature opened Tuesday after state legislators joined the nation on Monday in observing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives convened and passed several measures. Among these, the body approved a joint resolution to abolish the Constitution Revision Commission, currently one of five ways to amend the Florida Constitution. The once-every-20-year commission last met in 2018. It has been scrutinized for the way members were appointed and for bundling unrelated topics into single ballot items. If the Legislature passes the ban, voters will ultimately have the final say on abolishing the Constitution Revis

Statement from Speaker Jose Oliva on Death Penalty Court Decision

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva issued the following statement on Jan. 24, 2020: “This week’s court decision on the death penalty, while reversing a prior decision, does not impact the 2017 statute we passed that requires unanimity of the jury for a death sentence. That statute remains on the books because the law can require more than the Constitutional floor.”

Rep. Pigman's Press Conference on HB 607

Representative Dr. Cary Pigman speaks about his sponsorship of House Bill 607. HB 607 authorizes autonomous practice for specified health care practitioners; requires Board of Health or DOH to register physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse if applicant meets criteria; authorizes such autonomous health care practitioners to perform specified acts without physician supervision or supervisory protocol; provides appropriations & authorizes positions. To Download the video, click here.

Week in Review | Session Week 1 (January 14-17, 2020)

The 2020 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature kicked off Tuesday with memorable remarks by House Speaker Jose R. Oliva. His focus over these 60 days of session remains on fiscal prudence and health care reform. Speaking about the health care industrial complex, Oliva was clear about his concern and intent to pave a path for positive change. “They receive state dollars, federal dollars and private payer dollars. We also extend them all manner of local tax breaks, and it is not enough!” Oliva said. “It will never be enough. Until we have the courage to empower the patient and loosen the regulations which have allowed their empire-building, it will never be enough.” With his comments in m

Florida House Speaker Places Local Governments on Notice for Restricting Property Owners’ Rights

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  To protect and preserve property owners’ rights in Florida, House Speaker Jose Oliva last week sent a clear message to local government officials and licensed professionals throughout Florida. During the 2019 legislative session, a bill that prohibits local governments from imposing restrictions, fines and other barriers on property owners who need to remove a tree passed. It was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis and became effective July 1, 2019. A recent news report about a Miami man who was threatened with a $24,000 fine for trimming a dangerous tree on his property revealed the need for a reminder. “People should be free to protect their families and homes from tr

Statement from Florida House Majority Leader Dane Eagle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida House Majority Leader Dane Eagle has released the following statement in response to the Florida Supreme Court’s Advisory Opinion to the Governor Re: Implementation of Amendment 4, the Voting Restoration Amendment: “The bait-and-switch technique used by Amendment 4 backers has been revealed in the Florida Supreme Court’s advisory opinion, and the truth prevails. The Court writes it is ‘beyond dispute’ that the Amendment 4 sponsor said it intended ‘all terms of a sentence’ to include fines and fees. Polls found that most Floridians believed it included fines and fees when they voted for it. Regardless of intent, the plain language of the amendment clearly means tha

2020 Regular Session Opening Remarks from Speaker Oliva

Speaker Jose Oliva's remarks as prepared for delivery on Jan. 14, 2020, the Opening Day of Regular Session, are available below. Video of the full speech is available here. BEGIN Governor, members of the cabinet, justices of the Supreme Court, Thank you for joining us today as we open our legislative session. It is an honor to stand here, not just at the start of a new session but at the start of a new decade. The beginning of a decade which is vastly different than our leaders faced at the start of the last decade. As lawmakers came together to open session in 2010, they did so in the throes of the Great Recession. The financial and housing markets had collapsed and unemployment was at crip

Speaker Jose Oliva's Opening Day Remarks

Speaker of the House Representatives Jose Oliva delivers prepared remarks before the Florida House of Representatives on the opening day of the 2020 Legislative Session. To download this video, please click here. Speaker Oliva's remarks as prepared for delivery are available below: BEGIN Governor, members of the cabinet, justices of the Supreme Court, Thank you for joining us today as we open our legislative session. It is an honor to stand here, not just at the start of a new session but at the start of a new decade. The beginning of a decade which is vastly different than our leaders faced at the start of the last decade. As lawmakers came together to open session in 2010, they did so in t

Gov. DeSantis' State of the State Address

During the opening of the 2020 Legislative Session, Governor Desantis delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate. The Florida Supreme Court, Florida Cabinet and many former legislators were also in attendance. To download this video, please click here.

For First Time in History of the Florida House, Speaker Names Nurse Practitioner of the Day

Expanding the Scope of Practice and Allowing APRNs to Work to the Full Extent of Their Training Would Substantially Address the ‘Doctor’ Shortage Facing Florida TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, in an historic move, the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives announced a Nurse Practitioner of the Day on the Opening Day of Regular Session – and for the first time in 29 years, the medical professional in the spotlight on Opening Day is a woman. Nurse Practitioner of the Day Doreen Cassarino is a doctor of nursing practice from Naples. Her historic role on Opening Day is a nod to Speaker Jose R. Oliva’s support for advanced practice registered nurses’ independent practice across the state, a s

Speaker Oliva's Opening Day Press Gaggle

Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Jose Oliva takes question from the press after the conclusion of the opening day ceremonies for the 2020 Legislative Session. To download this video, please click here.

Florida Education Fast Facts

The facts about Florida's education success story reveal the truth: Our public education system is among the best in class. House Republicans' convictions about careful spending, accountability, and prioritizing noble and necessary budget requests have helped contribute to an environment where the state's 2.8 million public school children can thrive.

Florida House Committees, Experts to Meet Monday for Workshop on College Student Athlete Rights

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — While the nation prepares for the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game Monday evening, state House lawmakers will gather for a timely meeting on the equal treatment of all student athletes and compensation for the use of their name, image and likeness. The Florida Legislature this session is considering a policy option that goes beyond grant-in-aid and other benefits allowed by the NCAA, a regulating authority over intercollegiate sports. To better understand the issue, Florida House lawmakers on the Commerce, Education and Judiciary Committees will host a joint meeting to hear from experts who have been involved in the high-profile national conversati

 
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