With the week off, legislators continued to file legislation ahead of the bill filing deadline. For the next four-weeks, legislators will return to Tallahassee to conduct the remainder of interim committee meetings scheduled for 2021.
This week, the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Board of Medicine issued the following notices for rule development:
The DOH also announced that the Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine’s Joint Committee on Medical Marijuana will meet Thursday, February 18, 2021. If you are interested in attending the meeting virtually, please click here.
On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the SB 72 - Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVId-19 by Senator Brandes. As drafted, physicians are not offered liability protections as contemplated under the bill for other business entities. Legislators have assured health care groups that a separate bill will be filed to offer protections to health care providers and entities.
Wednesday, the Senate Health Policy hold a workshop on health care related laws and policies set aside or altered during the current public health emergency. The committee will also cover bills regarding podiatric medicine, surrendered newborn infants, and two committee bills repealing statutory language set to expire if the legislature takes no action. These bills cover the Nurse Licensure Compact and certain trade secrets submitted to the Department of Health.
Wednesday, the House Professions and Public Health Subcommittee will receive an introduction from Surgeon General, Dr. Scott Rivkees, an implementation briefing from the Dept. of Health on a number of bills passed last session, and a presentation on Autonomous Advanced Nursing Practice. The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will host a budget workshop. On the Senate side, the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee will give update an update on the implementation a couple of bills that passed last session as well as a report on additional funding by the Dept. of Health for COVID-19.
Wednesday afternoon, the House Finance and Facilities Subcommittee will introduce Shevaun L. Harris, Acting Secretary of AHCA, and an implementation briefing from the Dept. of Health for bills that passed last session relating to medical facilities.
Closing out the week, the Senate Select Committee on Pandemic Preparedness and Response will be meeting Thursday with presentations from the Division of Emergency Management and the Florida National Guard.