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November 16, 2021

7 Due Diligence Issues to Avoid False Claims Act Lawsuits

Nelson Mullins partners Jennifer Malinovsky and Ed White join Alice Harris, an attorney with Nexsen Pruet, to go over the key compliance areas to look for in due diligence. 

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Sunshine State Legislative Updates

March 6, 2020

Session 2020: Florida Business Legislation Update for the Week Ending 3/6/20

What happened in Week 8 of the 2020 Florida Session?  As the penultimate week of Session 2020 ends, members are required to stay in town through the weekend as the two chambers begin to negotiate the differences between their two budgets. Senate leaders voiced again this week their commitment to funding Visit Florida and affordable housing proposals. On Friday, the House passed three bills expanding the scope of practice for nurses and pharmacists, a priority of the House speaker. The back-and-forth between the two chambers on a proposal requiring the use of E-Verify continued to generate debate, with reports Friday that the governor is backing the Senate version. Read on for more updates.

  • E-Verify (SB 664/HB 1265)
    • On Monday, the House bill requiring the use of E-Verify for all public employers and their contractors, as well as for private businesses receiving tax incentives, passed its second House committee, State Affairs, 16 to 7. It was placed on the Special Order Calendar.
    • The Senate bill passed its final committee, Rules, on March 2nd. It was amended to include more stringent requirements for private employers to verify that an employee is eligible to work in the U.S. The bill requires public employers and their contractors to use E-Verify as of July 1, 2021. Private employers with more than 50 employees may use E-Verify or system “substantially equivalent” to E-Verify as determined by the Department of Economic Opportunity. Private employers would need to comply by January 1, 2021. The requirements for private employers were tightened from the last Senate version of the bill, to more closely align with the original bill, which required all employers to use E-Verify.
    • At the beginning of Session, the governor had voiced support for the original version of the Senate bill requiring all employers to use E-Verify. This week, it was reported that the governor supports the current Senate bill which requires many private businesses to use a verification system, rather than the House bill which mainly applies to public employers.
  • Sea-level Projection Study Required for Public-Financed Construction Projects (SB178/HB 579)
    • A Senate bill prohibiting a governmental entity from starting construction on a statefunded coastal structure unless the entity has done a sea-level impact projection (SLIP) study, is currently on the Senate floor.
    • On Monday, the House bill passed its final committee, State Affairs, 22 to 0.
  • Visit Florida (SB 362/HB 213)
    • Budget negotiations continued this week. The survival of the tourism marketing agency depends on the negotiations, as the House bill does not fund Visit Florida while the Senate budget funds it at $50 million.
  • Expanding Scope of Practice for APRNs and Pharmacists (HB 389/HB 607/HB 7053; SB 714/1094)
    • On Friday, the House passed three bills relating to the scope of practice of APRNs and pharmacists: HB 7053, permitting APRNs and PAs to practice without physician supervision; HB 607, allowing APRNs to admit, care for, or discharge patients from facilities; and HB 389, letting pharmacists test for and treat the flu and strep, as well as other “minor, non-chronic conditions”.
    • Senate bills relating to these topics have passed all committees and have been placed on the calendar.
  • Limiting Attorney Fees in Property Insurance Lawsuits (HB7071/SB 914)
    • The legislation would limit the use in property insurance lawsuits of the contingency risk multiplier in calculating attorney fees. Under the bills, the multiplier would only apply in rare and exceptional circumstances.
    • On Thursday, the full House voted 72 to 46 to pass the bill.
    • The Senate bill has been stalled in its final committee, Rules, for a month having already passed Banking and Insurance (5-3) and Judiciary (4-2).