Looking Ahead to Bills in Legislation in 2018

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The Florida House has 22 bills ready to vote on in early 2018. The state senate has two bills ready for its session. The 24 bills are just some of the 2,780 measures wanting to be heard by a committee. Most will never be heard during the 60-day session.

In the last session only 249 bills made it to Governor Rick Scott’s desk. That number, 240, was out of 3,052. He vetoed some of them.

In 2018, the bills ready to for the state House and Senate range from banning sanctuary cities and restricting elected officers from lobby any state agency to government for two years after leaving office. Here are a look at some of the 2018 Florida state bills:

SB 88: This senate bills revises the state’s Next Generation Sunshine standards to include financial literacy requirement.
HB 7009: This bill makes many changes to the state’s Workers Compensation system so it is compliant with the Constitution.
HB 185: This bills, called Redirection of Fees to Tax Collectors, gives the county tax collector $10 to $20 collected from driver license reinstatements and retests.
HB 67: The house will decide whether to construct a Florida Slavery Memorial. The bill requires the DMS to create a plan for the placement, design and cost of a Florida Slavery Memorial. The memorial’s location would be the Capital Complex grounds.
HB 41: This bills as the Pregnancy Support and Wellness Services bill. It requires DOH to set a contract with the Florida Pregnancy Care Network, Inc. The contract would involve providing support services to pregnant women and their families. If passed, the support services would also provide wellness services to women who are not pregnant.
HB 39: The goal of this bill, which is called the Direct Primary Care Agreement, is to eliminate third party payers. If the bill passes, Direct Primary agreements would not be insurance.
HB 35: This bills requires the Agency for Health Care Administration to create a plan for patient safety culture surveys. The goal is to measure the safety and culture of patients in ambulatory and hospitals.
HB 19: This bill actually repeals a prior bill involving motor vehicle insurance. The new bill repeals the portion of the law involving personal injury protection of the motor vehicle no fault law.

There is no indication whether any of the 22 bills in the house and two in the senate have bipartisan support. It is also unknown if the governor plans to veto any of the bills if they make it to his desk.

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