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Florida Legislature: Annual ‘eyeball wars’ over who can treat patients heat up again in Senate

TALLAHASSEE — Jump-starting an annual tug-of-war over who can treat patients, a Senate panel on Wednesday approved a bill that would authorize optometrists to perform some laser surgeries and prescribe opioids for patients. The vote, however, came amid heavy opposition from physicians and suggestions from some Republican lawmakers that they were only voting for the […]

Guest opinion: Protecting victims remains a Florida priority

The past few years have brought many changes to our justice system, one of the most impactful being the passage of Marsy’s Law for Florida. Victims have constitutionally protected rights to notification and, importantly, now have the option to protect their personally identifiable information from being released without their consent. Our responsibility as leaders in […]

Citizens’ Rate Hike Could Stabilize Florida Insurance Market

Florida’s insurance market is in dire need of reform. In a recent state legislative committee meeting, Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier describes Florida’s insurance market as being unstable and unsustainable. Here’s why: While Citizens Property Insurance was intended to be only a “last resort” insurer for homeowners who could not get coverage from private insurers, the […]

Stronger Safer Florida Coalition lauds DeSantis’ budget

Stronger Safer Florida Coalition lauds DeSantis’ budget — A nonpartisan coalition of Florida businesses, consumer and environmental groups praised DeSantis’ budget proposal for including resiliency spending. “As Florida continues to face various climate-change-related issues, prioritizing such initiatives is critical to the long-term future of our state,” the organization said in a statement. “In the ‘Florida Leads’ […]

“Eyeball Wars” are back for the 2021 Legislative Session

Lawmakers file bills expanding optometrist scope-of-practice [allowing] optometrists to perform certain types of eye surgery and prescribe medications. A pair of bills filed Monday (HB 631/SB 876) would allow optometrists to perform certain types of eye surgery and prescribe medications. Proponents have argued that expanding their scope of practice would give Floridians better access to […]

Destinations Florida Unveils Update on How Tourism Benefits the Sunshine State

On Wednesday, Destinations Florida released an updated version of its report, Destination Promotion: Empowering Florida’s Growth, which outlines the benefits tourism provides the state of Florida and the need for tourism promotion. The revised report tackles challenges to tourism growth, including a new section on the pandemic response, as well as misconceptions about tourism promotion. Comprehensive information about the […]

‘Restoring Communities’

This week, the Florida Municipal Electric Association announced its annual “Restoring Communities Awards,” which recognizes public power utilities that have helped get the power back on after it’s knocked out by severe weather or other emergencies. The winners: GRU, City of Tallahassee, OUC, Town of Havana, JEA, Lakeland Electric, KUA, UCNSB, FPUA, City of Homestead, […]

FMPA Provides Affordable, Reliable and Clean Electricity

Electricity is essential for living. We rely on electricity to keep us cool, cook our food, charge our devices and more. Therefore, it must be reliable and affordable. This is especially important in Florida, where power use is higher than the national average and incomes are lower than the national average. The Florida Municipal Power […]