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FOMA 2023 Legislative Preview

December 2, 2022

Paul D. Seltzer, DO, Legislative Chair

Stephen R. Winn, ED

Michelle W. Larson, Assoc. ED

Jason D. Winn, Esq.


Organizational Session was held Tuesday, November 22, 2022.  Committee Chairs were appointed, and Senator Kathleen Passidomo and Representative Paul Renner officially assumed their leadership roles as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.  On the other side of the aisle, Senator Lauren Book and Representative Fentrice Driskell were named Senate and House Minority Leaders. Subcommittee Chairs will be named at a later date.

Interim committees will officially begin the week of December 12, 2022, and run intermittently to February 24, 2023.  In total, there are seven weeks of meetings scheduled in the buildup toward the 2023 Legislative Session, which will begin March 7, 2023.  

The Special Session on property insurance will start on December 12, 2022, in conjunction with the first week of interim committees. The Special session will address property tax obligations and provide economic relief for Southwest Florida residents. Additionally, the Special Session will address solutions to stabilize Florida's property insurance market that will introduce more competition and policies that will lower prices for consumers.

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Senate President

Kathleen Passidomo

Speaker of the House

Paul Renner

Last week, Senator Wright filed HB 46 regarding health insurance cost sharing. The FOMA and our patient advocacy partners support this copayment accumulator bill. This bill could save patients high out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs if passed. As drafted, the bill requires health insurers and their pharmacy benefit managers to apply payments by or on behalf of insureds toward the total contributions of the insureds’ cost-sharing requirements.

Senate Leadership

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Senate President

Kathleen Passidomo

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Senate President ProTempore

Dennis Baxley

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Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Ben Albritton

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Senate Rules Committee Chair

Sen. Debbie Mayfield

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Senate Appropriations Committee Chair

Sen. Doug Broxson

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Senate Fiscal Policy

Committee Chair

Sen. Travis Hutson

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Senate Minority Leader

Sen. Lauren Book

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Senate Minority Leader

Pro Tempore

Sen. Jason Pizzo

House Leadership

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Speaker of the House

Paul Renner

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Speaker Pro Tempore

Charles Clemons

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House Majority Leader

Rep. Michael Grant

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House Minority Leader

Rep. Fentrice Driskell

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Minority Leader

Pro Tempore

Rep. Dotie Joseph

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House Minority Whip

Rep. Christine Hunschofsky

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House Minority Policy Chair

Rep. Kelly Skidmore

House Healthcare Related

Committee Chairs

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House Appropriations Committee Chair

Rep. Thomas Leek

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Health & Human Services Committee Chair

Rep. Randy Fine

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House Commerce

Committee Chair

Rep. Bob Rommel

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House Judiciary

Committee Chair

Rep. Tommy Gregory

2022 General Election Results

Please click on the above document for a list of those elected to the Florida Senate and House.

Officials with a “W” listed after their name are elected candidates supported by the FOMA-PAC.

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