October 9, 2019

October 2019
Legislative Update

The week of September 16th was the first week of House and Senate Committee meetings before the upcoming January legislative session.

Speaker designee Chris Sprowls was officially designated by the House Republican caucus.

The meetings this week were fairly quiet. Amy Baker, Florida’s Chief Economist presented a tight budget forecast in both her House and Senate presentation, predicting a $867 million short fall in revenues coming into the state coffers. The main topics were gun safety, mental health issues, the Secretary of Health presenting to the Senate and House committees on the Hepatitis outbreak, and the opioid issue. There was a brief presentation by the Department of Health on implementation of Telehealth before the House Health Quality Committee.

The House and Senate will be holding their next set of committee meetings the week of October 14th-18th and October 21st-25th. The week of October 21st-25th will also be a Special Session. Senate President Galvano called a special session in response to the Special Masters report on Broward County Sheriff Israel. The Legislature is to vote on the Special Masters report to reconsider Sheriff Israel’s suspension and reinstate him as Sheriff of Broward County. Due to them being in Special Session that week, there will be no fundraiser’s for sitting members.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Alison Dudley, FRS Lobbyist

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