Florida Legislative Leaders Announce Special Session to Override Certain 2010 Bill Vetoes; Insurance Legislation Among Targeted Bills

Nov 4, 2010

Above:  Florida House Speaker-Designate Dean Cannon (left) and Florida Senate President-Designate Mike Haridopolos


With the goal of overriding vetoes on certain bills that were passed during the 2010 Regular Legislative Session, Florida House Speaker-Designate Dean Cannon and Senate President-Designate Mike Haridopolos announced they will convene a Special Session during the Florida Legislature’s Organizational Session scheduled for the week of November 15.

The following bills and legislation-some of which are insurance-related-potentially will be considered for veto override:

HB 545:  Would repeal a requirement for purchasers in hurricane-prone areas to be given a “wind resistance” rating of the home they purchase

HB 5603:  Contains a provision relating to the maximum allowable amount when calculating the costs for repackaged drugs.  The bill also would revise reporting requirements for State Risk Management Trust Fund insurance premiums charged to agencies and departments and would change workers’ compensation laws by changing return-to-work policies in state law.

HB 1565:  Would tighten legislative control over agency rulemaking

    HB 569:  Would repeal the prohibition of yard waste being disposed of in a Class I landfill

    HB 981A:  Would allow land classified as agricultural to continue to receive the agricultural property tax exemption after the property is sold

    HB 1385:  Would allow more flexibility in implementing the petroleum cleanup law

    HB 1516:  Would create a database of state-owned lands at the Florida Department of Management Services


    The legislative leaders also indicated they would consider postponing the implementation date of last year’s bill relating to septic tank inspection, as well as resurrect Florida’s solar and air-conditioner-related HVAC rebate programs. 

    They also indicated they would continue their pursuit of a federal waiver in order to reform Florida’s Medicaid program.  Both House Speaker-Designate Cannon and Senate President-Designate Haridopolos indicated that tort reform was a major component of their Medicaid reform plans. 


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