Posts Tagged ‘Greg Steube’

Bills allowing overnight stays in ambulatory surgery centers, direct primary care agreements ready for House floor

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
The House Health and Human Services Committee sent bills that would allow direct primary care agreements and overnight stays in ambulatory surgery centers to the House floor Thursday
HB 161 would allow patients and their physicians to enter into direct primary care agreements, an alternative to traditional health care plans.
Under such agreements, patients pay a flat fee to have all their primary care needs taken care of by a primary care doctor.
The bill was filed by the Health Innovation Subcommittee, with Reps. Daniel Burgess and Mike Miller serving as sponsors.
The House Health and Human Services Committee cleared the bill during its Thursday

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Bill allowing overnight ambulatory surgery stay clears Senate committee

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
A bill allowing patients to stay overnight in ambulatory surgery centers cleared its first Senate committee Tuesday with a 4-1 vote.
SB 222 by Sarasota Republican Rep. Greg Steube would allow patients to stay up to 24 hours at ASCs, a type of medical facility dedicated to less complicated, generally elective surgeries.
ASCs don’t provide primary care or diagnostics and generally require patients to be referred in by a physician once they have decided that surgery is part of their treatment plan.
Current law explicitly forbids patients staying overnight in ASCs.
The bill also contained provisions that would allow “recovery care centers,” a

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Senate Rules panel temporarily postpones prejudgment interest bill

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
A Senate bill that would allow plaintiffs to recover prejudgment interest on noneconomic claims, including pain and suffering, was suddenly postponed during its final review panel Thursday.
Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican, moved to yank the bill (SB 334) from consideration during its public comment period before the Rules Committee.
When done during a hearing, such a move suggests a lawmaker has counted votes and determined a measure isn’t going to pass.
The bill is being pushed by Sarasota Republican Greg Steube. A companion bill is in the House.
Business interests largely oppose the proposal because they fear

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Controversial public records bill clears second Senate panel

Monday, March 6th, 2017
A bill giving judges some discretion over whether to award attorney’s fees in public records cases cleared its second committee hearing Monday, but not before being amended in an attempt to alleviate opponents concerns.
The bill (SB 80), sponsored by Sen. Greg Steube, aims to give judges discretion in whether they should award fees to the plaintiff and requires request be made in writing in order to be eligible to collect attorney fees.
The committee amended the bill Tuesday to add provisions that allow the court to consider “if the request to inspect or copy the public record was made in

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Bill to allow law enforcement officers who wear body cameras to review footage advances in Florida Senate committee

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Legislation that would allow law enforcement officers to review video taken from body cameras before writing a report or before providing a statement about an incident in which they were involved advanced in a Florida Senate committee on Monday.
Sarasota Republican Greg Steube‘s bill (SB 624) calls for the law enforcement agencies in Florida that currently use body cameras to produce “certain parameters” about the technology, such as the situation that the bill contemplates.
“If there is something where they have to give testimony or they have to do a report and they have to give a statement on, it allows the officer

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Veterans group releases priorities ahead of 2017 Legislative Session

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Veterans advocacy group Concerned Veterans for America announced its priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session, including support for bills that would help veterans by giving them tax breaks and helping them hold down jobs after leaving the military.
“Florida should welcome veterans and military families, instead of pushing them away with burdensome taxes and regulations that put special interests first,” CVA Director Diego Echeverri said in a statement. “When veterans or service members hang up their uniforms, our state government should make their transition into civilian life as easy as possible.”
“This year, Concerned Veterans for America will work tirelessly to

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Controversial public records bill to go before its second committee Monday

Monday, March 6th, 2017
A bill that would give judges discretion in whether to award attorney’s fees in public records cases is set to go before the Senate Community Affairs Committee Monday.
Current law allows winners of public records lawsuits to collect attorney fees, but SB 80 would give judges discretion in whether or not they award fees to the plaintiff and would require requests to be made in writing in order to be eligible to collect attorney fees.
Sarasota Republican Sen. Greg Steube, the bill’s sponsor, and other proponents say there has been a swath of insincere public records requests where the true aim

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Greg Steube files illegal immigration criminalization measure

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Anyone ordered out of the country and later found in Florida could be charged with a crime under legislation filed Wednesday in the Florida Senate.
The bill (SB 1358), sponsored by Sarasota Republican Greg Steube, would create a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in state prison.
The proposal would apply to anyone who “is denied admission to, is excluded, deported, or removed from, or who departs the United States while an order of exclusion, deportation, or removal is outstanding and thereafter enters or is at any time found in the state.”
It creates an exception for those who can show that

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Craft beer debate includes … Chance the Rapper?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Craft brewers can thank Chance the Rapper for getting this year’s beer bill over its first legislative hurdle.
The Senate Regulated Industries Committee on Wednesday cleared the measure (SB 554) on a 6-3 vote. Democrats Perry Thurston and Randolph Bracy joined Republican Lizbeth Benacquisto in opposing the bill.  
But Oscar Braynon, the chamber’s Democratic Leader, said he would support the legislation because of the example of the 23-year-old Chicago-based rap star.
The measure would allow smaller craft brewers to distribute their own beer. It would create an exception to Florida’s “three-tier system” born after Prohibition, which requires separation of

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Flood insurance, HMO liability legislation clear Senate committee

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
A Senate committee approved bills Tuesday that would encourage Florida insurers to write flood insurance as an alternative to expensive federal coverage, and would allow patients to sue HMOs for declining to cover doctors’ treatment recommendations in bad faith.
“Why shouldn’t the HMOs be held liable for the decisions they make and the doctors aren’t making, and people are dying? I just don’t think that’s equitable,” said Sen. Greg Steube, the Sarasota Republican behind SB 262, the HMO bill.
Existing law exempts HMOs from liability for treatment decisions by doctors with whom them contract to treat patients.
“What other businesses are prohibited by

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Impressive roster of GOP state leaders lineup for Ed Hooper Tallahassee fundraiser

Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Clearwater Republican Ed Hooper is assembling an impressive number of high-profile state lawmakers for a Tallahassee reception next month. Hooper, a former state representative, is seeking the open Senate District 16 seat currently held by Jack Latvala.
Hooper’s campaign fundraiser will be Monday, March 6, from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Governors Club, 202 South Adams Street.
The host committee reads like a Who’s Who of GOP state leaders, including Senate President Joe Negron and nearly all the Pinellas County/Hillsborough delegation: Sens. Latvala, Bill Galvano, Wilton Simpson, Dana Young and Jeff Brandes.
Republican senators from beyond the Tampa Bay area

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Is tobacco bond cap repeal already dead for 2017 Session?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Legislation that would repeal the limit on the amount of money tobacco companies have to put up as appellate bonds could well be dead for the 2017 Legislative Session, which doesn’t even start till March 7. 
Legislative committees have already been meeting on bills, including HB 6011 and SB 100, which would kill the “bond cap” for tobacco companies that want to appeal judgments against them by former smokers.
But both bills were “temporarily postponed” in recent weeks, often a sign the bill sponsors don’t quite have the votes needed for passage lined up.
Sen. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican who sits on the committee, and state Rep. Danny

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Bill would let House impeach prosecutors, public defenders

Monday, February 13th, 2017
State Sen. Greg Steube wants to add prosecutors and public defenders to the list of officials that the House of Representatives can impeach.
The Sarasota Republican’s measure (SJR 904), filed Monday, would require a constitutional amendment that has to be passed by 60 percent of voters statewide.
The state constitution now authorizes the House to impeach the “governor, lieutenant governor, members of the cabinet, justices of the supreme court, judges of district courts of appeal, judges of circuit courts, and judges of county courts” for any “misdemeanor in office.”
Steube’s proposal would add “state attorneys and public defenders.” As with other officials, the Senate

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Tobacco bond repealer is again postponed, this time in House

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
A House bill (HB 6011) that would repeal the cap on the amount of money tobacco companies have to put up as appellate bonds was “temporarily postponed” Thursday.
With its Senate companion (SB 100) also indefinitely put off, the proposal’s fate is uncertain for the 2017 Legislative Session. The House version was slated to be heard in the Civil Justice & Claims Subcommittee, records show.
Tobacco companies are required to put up bonds before they appeal unfavorable damages awarded to former smokers, but the state places limits on how much those bonds are.
Tobacco companies say a repeal would be unfair because, without a cap, bonds would

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Bill benefiting craft distilleries clears Senate Regulated Industries

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
The Senate Regulated Industries Committee OK’d a bill benefiting Florida’s craft distilleries, clearing a path for distillers to get their product to more people.
The bill (SB 166) increases the amount of booze a distillery can product and still be considered “craft” to 250,000 gallons, up from 75,000; removes the limit on how many bottles distillers can sell to consumers, even though bottles can’t be bigger than 1.75 liters; and allows distillers to sell their liquor not just in an on-site gift shop, but also in “one other approved sales room located in the same county as the distillery’s production

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Darryl Rouson, Jeff Brandes driver’s license suspension bill advances in Senate

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
On Tuesday, the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed legislation to reduce the number of driver’s licenses suspended annually in Florida.
The bipartisan bill (SB 302), sponsored by St. Petersburg Republican Jeff Brandes and Democrat Darryl Rouson, would end the suspension of licenses for non-driving-related offenses.
If passed, it could dramatically reduce a large number of suspensions taking place statewide each year.
Right now, one can lose driving privileges in Florida over a number of nondriving offenses: truancy, writing graffiti, theft, vandalism, writing worthless checks and a minor’s possession of tobacco.
“It has a huge impact on public safety,” Rouson told his colleagues on the committee. “It’s

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Public records bill barely gets out of first committee

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
A bill that would give judges discretion to award attorney fees in public records lawsuits squeaked out of its first review panel Tuesday.
The Senate’s Governmental Oversight and Accountability cleared the bill (SB 80) by a 4-3 vote. It goes next to the Community Affairs Committee.
The measure changes the word “shall” to “may” regarding courts awarding legal fees when an “agency (has) unlawfully refused to permit a public record … to be inspected or copied.”
It would also require a “complainant (to) provide written notice of the public records request to the agency’s custodian of public records at least 5 business days before” suing. Records requests

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Denise Grimsley running for Agriculture Commissioner in 2018

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Denise Grimsley has made it official, announcing she filed to run for Agriculture Commissioner in 2018.
Grimsley, who told FloridaPolitics.com in January she was eyeing a run, filed her statement of candidacy with the Division of Elections. She is vying to replace Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who can’t run again because of term limits.
“Florida has many challenges in our agriculture industry, yet we have so many more exciting opportunities,” she said in a statement. “We will continue to fight for a smart statewide water policy, we will protect our environment and blessed Florida resources, and we will pursue expansion of

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Legislative hopefuls file to run in 2018, 2020

Friday, January 13th, 2017
More lawmakers are gearing up for a re-election bid.
State elections records show dozens of members of the state House and Senate have filed to run for re-election in 2018, and several more are looking ahead to 2020.
Sen. Greg Steube is one of those lawmakers who is starting to think about his next race. The Sarasota Republican filed to run for re-election in Senate District 23 on Jan. 10. Steube replaced Sen. Nancy Detert, winning the seat after a hard-fought Republican primary last year.
When it comes to 2018, House members are staking their claim on their seats for another two

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Greg Steube files fireworks legalization bill

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Sis-boom-bah: state Sen. Greg Steube has filed legislation to legalize consumer fireworks in Florida.
Steube, the Sarasota Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, filed his bill (SB 324) Tuesday.
The legislation appears to be identical to a bill (HB 4005) filed for the 2014 Legislative Session by then-state Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican. That bill died in committee, records show.
Similar to Gaetz’s effort, Steube’s bill would repeal the prohibition on selling fireworks to the general public.
It also would remove requirements for testing and approval of sparklers and relieve those who make and sell sparklers from having to register with the state.
Although you

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Rick Scott is non-committal whether he would sign a bill allowing Floridians to carry guns in airport terminals

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Rick Scott says he doesn’t have an opinion on whether or not he’d support a law that would allow licensed gun owners to carry guns in airport terminals.
The question came to him on Tuesday, four days after 26-year-old Army Veteran Esteban Santiago, who is accused of killing five people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday after he recovered his gun that he had picked in his suitcase and then retrieved at the baggage claim area.
A proposal by Sarasota Republican Greg Steube that would allow a licensed gun owner to carry a gun in airports throughout the state is on the agenda for

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Jeff Brandes’ legislation would reform why state suspends driver’s licenses

Monday, January 9th, 2017
Republican state Senator Jeff Brandes is once again filing a bill that would prevent Floridians from having their driver’s licenses suspended for a reason unrelated to a driving violation.
The legislation would reduce the number of offenses for which license suspension is prescribed and prohibit suspensions for those who show in court an inability to pay fines and fees.
Brandes introduced a similar bill during last year’s session that didn’t make its way out of the the Senate Appropriations Committee. He said he did so after reading reports showing that more than 1.2 million driver’s license suspensions occur annually in Florida.
A study conducted in 2014 said that the

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Cyndi Stevenson ‘excited’ to carry craft distillery bill in House

Friday, December 30th, 2016
St. Johns County Republican Rep. Cyndi Stevenson spoke to FloridaPolitics.com Friday about the House version of a bill she filed to relax restrictions on craft distillers.
Current rules, Stevenson said, have “long past served any purpose.”
Among the highlights of the legislation: increasing production caps from 75,000 to 250,000 gallons; allowing for off-site distribution points; and removing limits on how many bottles a consumer could buy in a given year.
Stevenson told us she’s “really excited to carry this bill” in the House.
As a customer of the St. Augustine Distillery, whose co-founder and CEO helms the Florida Craft Distillers Guild, Stevenson has gotten

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Blaise Ingoglia touts support from state senators in Florida GOP chair re-election bid

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
Nearly a dozen state senators are throwing their support behind Blaise Ingoglia’s bid to keep his job as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
The Spring Hill Republican announced Wednesday the support of 10 state senators, including former Majority Leader Bill Galvano and former House Majority Leader and newly elected Sen. Dana Young.
“Over this past election cycle, there has been a lot of rhetoric from the Florida Democrat Party, the media and those who wanted the grassroots to fail, by trying to give the appearance that the Republican Party of Florida and the Florida Senate have not been unified

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Booze bill would benefit craft distillers

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Florida’s craft distilleries got an early Christmas gift in legislation submitted Wednesday.
The bill (SB 166), filed by Republican state Sen. Greg Steube of Sarasota, would change state law to craft distillers’ benefit. He filed similar legislation when he was a House member.
One proposal expands how much booze they can produce and still be considered “craft,” raising the limit from 75,000 gallons per year to 250,000 gallons.
The bill reduces distilleries’ state license tax from $4,000 to $1,000, provided “it is distilling and bottling all of its products in containers approved for sale.”
It repeals limits on how many bottles distillers can sell directly to consumers, though it maintains a limit on

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Trial bar allies turn guns on ratings council in workers’ comp hearing

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
As debate opened Tuesday over Florida’s 14.5 percent increase in workers’ compensation premiums, trial attorneys on the Florida Senate’s Banking and Insurance Committee targeted the group that proposes insurance rates for carriers in the state.
Sens. Greg Steube and Gary Farmer Jr., both attorneys, endeavored to shift the focus from attorney fees — widely blamed for rising workers’ comp rates — and onto the need for carriers to compete rather than charge common rates.
“I support a competitive marketplace,” committee member Greg Steube said following the hearing. “That’s one of the things the committee and the Legislature should look at.”
Chairwoman Anitere

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Senate Bill would eliminate tobacco companies’ discounted appeals

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
The Florida Legislature will consider legislation that would make it more expensive for tobacco companies to appeal verdicts in liability cases filed by smokers made sick or injured by their products.
SB 100, filed by Sen. Greg Steube, contains just two lines:
“Section 569.23, Florida Statutes, is repealed.” And “This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.”
That section, enacted in 2009, caps the amount tobacco companies must post when appealing trial court verdicts against them. Supporters argued at the time that the provision would protect the companies’ ability to make payments to the states under the massive 1999 liability verdict against

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Florida Senate bill would strengthen fentanyl trafficking penalties

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
With the opioid epidemic unceasing in the Sunshine State, a bill in the Florida Senate would tighten penalties against trafficking in fentanyl and synthetic drugs.
Senate Bill 150, introduced by GOP Sen. Greg Steube from Sarasota, would also impose penalties related to selling, manufacturing, or delivering fentanyl and synthetic drugs “performed within a dwelling.”
This would be a felony charge, with a mandatory minimum of three years in prison.
Those who possess and deal fentanyl and similar synthetic drugs that lead to death in a user will be guilty of a felony in the third degree.
Fentanyl “trafficking” is broadly defined in this legislation,

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Trial lawyers must be very happy with Florida Senate committee assignments

Friday, December 9th, 2016
It will come as no surprise that trial lawyers are looking to shoot the moon this Legislative Session.
They already made a power play during the 2016 election cycle. The Florida Justice Association, through its political committee Florida Justice PAC, spent $4.5 million since the beginning of 2015, much of which went to candidates or affiliated committees.
The group was also involved in two dozen state House and Senate primary races this year; and all but one of those candidates — Dwight Bullard, who lost his Senate District 40 race to Frank Artiles — were sworn into office last month.
But if

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Rick Scott declines to comment on proposal to repeal immigration bill he signed in 2014

Monday, December 5th, 2016
Rick Scott is declining to comment on a proposal filed for the 2017 Florida Legislative Session that would repeal a major immigration policy change that he signed into law two years ago.
Last week, Sarasota state Senator Greg Steube filed a bill (SB 82) that would repeal legislation approved by the GOP-led Legislature in 2014 that offers lower in-state tuition rates in Florida state colleges and universities for undocumented immigrants. Passage of that bill was uncertain until the end of that year’s session, but was strongly supported by then-House Speaker Will Weatherford and Clearwater state Senator Jack Latvala.
“I haven’t seen it,” Scott told this reporter about the

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