LMA Newsletter

LMA NEWSLETTER MAY 15, 2017

Will They Be Baaack? The Session’s “Terminator” Issues

Will there be a special session to prevent smokeable medical marijuana from becoming the (Florida Department of Health) rule of the land? And will a special session answer the question of how many dispensaries Florida should have, i.e. one on every corner or a limited number?  These are the two critical issues …

LMA NEWSLETTER MAY 8, 2017

Legislative Roller Coaster

Because so many of you have been following the legislative session with LMA, you know this last week has been a roller coaster.  We reported a couple of weeks ago that the House Appropriations Committee met and passed a “continuation budget” which has never occurred in recent legislative history and proved to be a strategic maneuver by …

LMA NEWSLETTER MAY 1, 2017

Budget Impasse Clears

Last week, the House and Senate’s work on the single, most important constitutionally mandated task – passage of the budget – stalled.  The meltdown started a few weeks ago when the House released its version of their budget and the Senate did too – the “only” difference between the two was about $4 BILLION (capitals intended).  As …

LMA NEWSLETTER APRIL 24, 2017

What’s the Point?     Often times at this juncture in the legislative session (we have two weeks left and have been in session for seven weeks), you will hear those in the Capitol hallways say, “what’s the point of being here when we just aren’t able to get legislators to LISTEN?”  There’s a reason for this sentiment and it’s because in…

LMA NEWSLETTER APRIL 17, 2017

How to Influence Legislators    As most of our readers have noticed, we publish our newsletter every week during the eight-week legislative session in Florida.  Dozens of readers call or write and ask “how can we help LMA influence legislators?” to either help pass good bills or stop bad ones.  As luck would have it, I turned to an old friend…

LMA NEWSLETTER APRIL 10, 2017

The Kum ba yah Moment   The fifth week of the Legislature was lively to say the least.  The Senate and the House are still divided on so many issues including their budgets.  On Wednesday of last week the House Appropriations Committee voted to adopt its hefty $81.2 billion budget and the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted theirs at a stunning $83.2…

LMA NEWSLETTER APRIL 3, 2017

Vastly Different – Just Sayin’  As the legislative session enters “hump week,” i.e., the 5th week of a 9 week session, I keep hearing all of my colleagues who live in the capitol this time of year say, “I haven’t seen anything like this.”  News reports released late last week that the House and Senate are $2 billion apart in…

LMA NEWSLETTER MARCH 27, 2017

***** A New & Improved Website to Serve You! *****   Lisa Miller & Associates unveiled its new logo and website over the weekend (www.LisaMillerAssociates.com) with more content, more action, and more resources. You’ll notice one unified theme throughout the website: PASSION! At LMA, we have a passion for policy and client success! We let it show in everything…

LMA NEWSLETTER MARCH 20, 2017

Second Week of Session Brisk This past week’s legislative activity has been brisk for the 2nd full week of session. Bills were on committee agendas in the House and Senate on assignment of benefits (with the Wall Street Journal weighing in this past week), transportation network companies (fancy name for Lyft and Uber), workers’ compensation (three hours of testimony), and…

LMA NEWSLETTER MARCH 13, 2017

A Puzzling Start to the 2017 Session  The Senate President Pro-Tem and Chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee filed a puzzling bill on Friday, March 3, the weekend leading into 2017 Florida legislative session with a proposed comprehensive reform of insurance regulation and practices in the Sunshine State.  Most in the insurance industry were unaware of the bill (…