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Ten Big Issues of the 2017 Legislative Session

May 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

Florida lawmakers will gather Monday at the Capitol to pass a new state budget. But for the most part, the annual legislative session ended Friday night when the House and Senate adjourned after a final round of negotiating and maneuvering.

As always, the Legislature considered hundreds of bills during the session, with many passing, many dying quietly and others flaming out because of disagreements between the House and Senate.

Here is a quick look at 10 big issues:

Budget Negotiators 'Bump' Hospital Funding Issues

April 30, 2017 - 10:15am

Florida budget leaders will have to decide how to structure about $651 million in Medicaid cuts for hospitals and also will grapple with issues such as how much money nursing-home residents should keep each month for personal needs.

A conference committee on health and human-services programs finished work after a late morning meeting Saturday and "bumped" unresolved issues to Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and House Appropriations Chairman Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami.

Pigman Leaves Chairmanship; Gets Boost in Ethics Case

March 28, 2017 - 1:45pm

State Rep. Cary Pigman stepped down Tuesday as chairman of a House health-care panel after being arrested last week on a drunken-driving charge in St. Lucie County.

Ten Big Issues to Watch During 2017 Session

February 27, 2017 - 11:00pm

Florida lawmakers are poised to return to Tallahassee for the March 7 start of the 2017 legislative session.

They will grapple with hundreds of bills during the 60-day session, while also trying to reach agreement on a state budget that will top $80 billion. Here are 10 big issues to watch:

Scott Takes Aim at Health Care Regulations

January 24, 2017 - 8:15pm
Rick Scott

Amid a new wave of legal battles about hospital projects, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday called for eliminating key regulations about building health-care facilities and opening trauma centers.

Debate Brewing on Medicaid Long-Term Care

December 14, 2016 - 11:00pm

With a major nursing-home group looking for changes, a Senate panel Wednesday began delving into part of the Medicaid program that involves seniors enrolling in managed-care plans.

Senators Start Weighing Workers' Comp Issues

December 13, 2016 - 11:00pm

The battle lines are being drawn. Or maybe they never went away.

But Florida senators Tuesday got a taste of the debate that will play out in the coming months among business, legal and labor groups as the Legislature looks at revamping the workers' compensation insurance system.

For business groups, the issue is about too much money going to attorneys who represent injured workers. For workers' attorneys, the issue is about insurers not properly paying claims. And for labor unions, the issue is about a system that has slashed benefits for people hurt on the job.

Breyer Criticizes Death Penalty in Florida Case

December 12, 2016 - 11:00pm
Stephen Breyer

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a Death Row inmate's appeal in the 4-decade-old murder of an Orlando car salesman --- but Justice Stephen Breyer used the case to raise broader questions about the death penalty.

Judge Halts Workers Comp Rate Hike over Sunshine Issues

November 23, 2016 - 11:00pm

Little more than a week before businesses were slated to get hit with increased workers' compensation insurance rates, a Leon County circuit judge Wednesday blocked the hike because of violations of Florida's Sunshine Law.

An organization that files workers' compensation rate proposals for insurers quickly said it would appeal.

Corcoran Names House Leadership Team

November 9, 2016 - 5:00pm
Richard Corcoran

Ready to formally take charge of the Florida House this month, incoming Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, on Wednesday named 11 lawmakers to his leadership team.



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