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Coronavirus Update: Statewide Senior Shopping Hours

Florida's senior citizens can take advantage of exclusive shopping hours statewide to get necessities amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Senior shopping hours help this vulnerable population reduce their risk of exposure to the virus. Download the shareable social media graphic here. This information was accurate as of March 25, 2020. To report an update to this schedule, email jenna.sarkissian@myfloridahouse.gov. PUBLIX: Tuesday and Wednesday, 7-8 a.m. WALMART: Tuesday, first hour of business TARGET: Wednesday, first hour of business WINN-DIXIE: Monday-Friday, 8-9 a.m. COSTCO: Tuesday and Thursday, 8-9 a.m. DOLLAR GENERAL: Daily, first hour of business BIG LOTS: Daily, first hour of business TH

Florida House Passes Statewide Budget With Over $60M in Funding to Combat Coronavirus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 20, 2020) — Marking the conclusion of the 2020 Florida Legislative Session, the Florida House of Representatives on Thursday voted to approve House Bill (HB) 5001, the 2020-21 General Appropriations Act (GAA), and related bills. The $93.2 billion statewide budget includes $4 billion in reserves and more than $60 million for the ongoing coronavirus response. This historic budget -- created and passed by state lawmakers amid a worldwide health crisis -- positions Florida for a strong recovery from the economic downturn residents are already seeing as a result of coronavirus reactions. The budget and related bills are headed to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk for signing. C

Florida House to Screen Members, Staff to Mitigate Coronavirus Risk Before Thursday Budget Vote

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 18, 2020) — When the Florida House of Representatives convenes Thursday to vote on the 2020-21 statewide budget, all members will undergo an on-site health screening before being admitted to the chamber. This new procedure is the latest addition to a list of steps the Florida House is taking, consistent with CDC guidance, for mitigating risks associated with coronavirus. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Rep. Cary Pigman, an emergency-medicine physician from Okeechobee, will work with a team of three volunteer nurse practitioners as they complete the screenings. The process will consist of a brief series of questions and use of a no-touch thermometer -- consistent wi

8 Go-To Resources During the Coronavirus Crisis

As the world grapples with a new normal -- life with coronavirus -- Floridians are being inundated with a steady stream of stories, news and information. It can all begin to feel a bit overwhelming. As a state representative, your constituents may be looking to you as a trusted source of guidance on how to cut through the noise and find accurate information. The House Majority Office has compiled the following list of go-to coronavirus resources to help you communicate with members of your community in newsletters, on social media, and in local media interviews and events if you have an opportunity. This list may be updated with new resources as they arise. 1) Centers for Disease Control: Co

Coronavirus | Social Media Graphics for Member Use

Members, the following graphics have been posted on @FLGOPMajority social media channels and can be downloaded and shared from this page, as well. The Florida House remains committed to providing the state w/ the most up-to-date protocol and resources to combat the spread of COVID-19. This year's budget dedicates $60.6 million for immediate response and raises the state reserves to nearly $4 billion to set aside for future use. The Florida Department of Health has been working diligently with the CDC to provide local medical providers with proper treatment protocols for COVID-19. For more info, visit https://bit.ly/36oxxu7

House Speaker Oliva Announces Logistics for Thursday Budget Debate, Vote Amid Coronavirus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 15, 2020) — HB 5001, the 2020-21 General Appropriations Act (GAA) was published online this evening. In coordination with the Florida Senate, the House will convene at noon on Thursday, March 19, 2020, for the exclusive purpose of a vote on the following: HB 5001; HB 5003, Implementing the 2020-2021 General Appropriations Act; and, HB 5005, Collective Bargaining. In response to the novel Coronavirus, the Florida House of Representatives will take proactive steps to mitigate risk when members return to the chamber to debate and vote on the statewide budget on Thursday. These steps include: closing the House galleries to all visitors encouraging all members of the publ

Speaker Oliva thanks Gov. DeSantis, President Galvano after Governor Signs APRN Bill Into Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 11, 2020) — Patient-centered health care policies that allow nurse practitioners to work to the full extent of their training and expand pharmacist scope of practice were signed into law Wednesday, the same day they were passed by both the House and the Senate. Under HB 607, passed 107-8, qualified nurse practitioners may provide primary care without physician supervision. Under HB 389, passed 98-17, pharmacists may help patients manage their chronic conditions in collaboration with a physician, and may test and treat flu and strep throat, and treat other minor conditions. Both bills are effective July 1. Florida has 278 primary care health professional shortage area

Statement from Speaker Oliva on FMA CEO attacks on Rep. Cary Pigman

"Last night, Florida Medical Association (FMA) CEO Tim Stapleton publicly attacked the character of a sitting member of the Florida House of Representatives, Rep. Dr. Cary Pigman. This brazen act is entirely unacceptable behavior from the head of a professional organization. The fact that Mr. Stapleton’s motivation is the pursuit of protectionist policies which limit access to care make it especially egregious. An immediate and unequivocal apology is most certainly in order." ###

Statement from Speaker Jose Oliva

UPDATE TO STATEMENT FROM SPEAKER OLIVA Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 5:04 pm EDT TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After consultation with the Department of Health and in accordance with CDC protocols for disease control, all Members and staff have been cleared -- none meet the criteria to be investigated for COVID-19. Linked here, please find a document provided by the Department of Health, sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that describes the criteria for a patient under investigation for COVID-19. Speaker Oliva will be available for questions post-Session today. CORRECTION TO ORIGINAL STATEMENT FROM SPEAKER OLIVA VIA TWITTER Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 4:20 PM EDT ORIGINAL STATEMENT FROM SPEAKER OL

Week in Review | Session Week 8 (March 2-8, 2020)

Initial budget conference meetings between the House and Senate kept legislators working overtime this weekend in the Florida Capitol. On Saturday and Sunday, members met late into the evening to try to reach agreement on a balanced, conservative spending plan. While the state Legislature is now in the final few days of the session, the ongoing budget negotiations will likely push the finish line beyond the planned March 13 date. Over the course of the past week, the fiscal impact of the novel coronavirus became increasingly clearer -- markets plummeted, with tourism positioned to take a hit. As House Republicans continue working on the budget, tax package, and other legislation, they are pr

House Passes $193M in Tax Cuts; Improved Health Care Access by Expanding APRN Scope of Practice

Legislators also introduced bills to expand eligibility for school choice scholarship programs and end burdensome regulations on professionals TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 6, 2020) -- The Florida House of Representatives today passed an historic tax package, with $193.4 million in tax cuts, among several other bills to help keep Florida the best state to live and work. “I am proud to have passed a tax package that reduces the burden of government while funding necessities and balancing the budget,” said House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes. “Under this House tax relief package, hard-working Floridians can continue to expect a bright future. We look forward to working with the Senate over the

Rep. Cary Pigman Delivers Closing Remarks on HB 7053

On March 6th, 2020 the Florida House of Representatives passed House Bill 7053, a transformative health care reform bill that expands safe, effective health care choices for all Floridians. In the video below, Representative Cary Pigman delivers his closing remarks outlining the need for the bill and the policy contained therein. To download a copy of the video, please click here. ###

Florida House Taking Extraordinary Measures to Serve FCADV CEO Tiffany Carr

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida House on Thursday voted to serve Tiffany Carr, former CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, by any means sufficient to comply with constitutional requirements. On Tuesday, the Speaker executed a subpoena for Carr that the Florida House attempted to serve at her homesteaded property on the Gulf Coast, as well as other known addresses. Although the Florida House believes Carr is aware of the subpoena, additional efforts to serve the subpoena are underway to give her every opportunity to respond. The subpoena is attached below. Click here to download the subpoena in pdf form. ###

Bill Snapshots from Floor Session March 3 and 4, 2020

Photographic highlights captured by the Florida House Majority Office staff for member and media use. Press, members and other interested parties may download and republish (with credit) the below high-res images here. The Florida House of Representatives convened at 11:30 a.m. on March 3 with Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, at the rostrum. Oliva noted that because the House and Senate are not yet in budget conference negotiations the Legislative Session will go into overtime -- beyond March 13. (Photo credit: Florida House Majority Office) On March 4, Oliva announced Wendy Paracka, Dip, APRN-C, FAANP, as the House's Nurse Practitioner of the Day. (Photo credit: Florida House Majority Off

2020 House Budget Updates Available Exclusively at Budget.MyFloridaHouse.Gov

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  — As the 2020 budget conference nears, the Florida House is reminding news reporters and other interested parties to register for updates at the new budget landing page, Budget.MyFloridaHouse.gov. Note: There will not be meeting update emails. All information will be sent to those who register and will be available on the website as meeting times are set. The landing page serves as a one-stop shop for all aspects of the 2020 General Appropriations Act – including related budget documents, offer sheets and more. While all information related to the budget process will be posted to the site as it becomes available, users MUST register on the site to receive email updates wit

Bill Snapshots from Floor Session February 26, 2020

Photographic highlights captured by the Florida House Majority Office staff for member and media use. Download high-res images here. Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, introduces HB 711, relating to hospital, hospital system or provider organization transactions. The bill was rolled to third reading; Burton moved to waive the rules and place the bill on final passage. House members voted 114-0 to approve the bill. Rep. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka, introduces HB 1147, relating to patient access to records. The bill was rolled to third reading. Payne moved to waive the rules and place the bill on final passage. House members voted 106-8 to approve the bill.

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