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March 11, 2022

March 2022 Legislative Update

At this writing, there are nine days left in the legislative session. The budget is being negotiated through the budget conference process. Yesterday was the last day for a bill to be heard in a legislative committee in the Senate which made for a very long day in Senate Rules Committee, the last stop for many bills. From here on, unless rules are waived, both bodies will be on their respective floors as there are no more committee meetings.

SB 7014 which extends protections from Covid 19 liability lawsuits for nursing homes, doctors, and hospitals through June 1, 2023 has passed and has been signed into law by the Governor.

Dr. Joseph Ladapo has been confirmed as Florida’s Secretary of Health by the Florida Senate.

The budget negotiations are going well, and I anticipate the budget bill to be placed on the members desk on Tuesday to start the constitutionally mandated 72-hour requirement.

Several of the Health Care bills which we have no issue with, for example Telehealth, are still in play and I will report on those once the Session is over.

I anticipate the Session ends on time, sine die, March 11th.

Thanks to all for their help and support.

Alison Dudley
FRS Lobbyist
alisondudley@dudleyandassociates.com

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