2018 Legislative Scorecard - Senate

Florida Health Care Association's Legislative Scorecard reports on the Association's 2018 priorities, which includes issues related to implementing a Prospective Payment System for nursing center Medicaid reimbursement, preserving Certificate of Need, Emergency Preparedness and the Agency for Health Care Administration regulatory bill. A thumbs up or thumbs down indicates a legislative vote, positive or negative, on an FHCA priority. More than one thumbs up/thumbs down would indicate multiple votes on an issue (in committee, on the House/Senate floor or in the budget conference process, for example). Comments reference a legislator's sponsorship/co-sponsorship of pro-long term care legislation, their voting record and overall support or non-support related to issues or bill(s) that impact the profession. If no action on an issue/bill was taken, the record is left blank.

Senate Legislation Reference Key

Sen. Lauren Book (D-Plantation) Had this bill passed, AHCA would be required, as part of the survey process, to inspect electricity and emergency power sources for nursing centers and ALFs This legislation would have also set standards for emergency preparedness.
Sen. Rene Garcia (R - Hialeah) Had this bill passed, it would have required prioritization of power restoration to nursing centers and ALFs, set emergency preparedness standards for nursing centers and ALFs, and required the agency to do an announced inspection of nursing centers and ALFs annually during the month of May to ensure emergency preparedness standards were met prior to the start of hurricane season.
Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) Had this bill passed, it would have created a new advance directive form, the Physician’s Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST), to be completed by the doctor for patients.
Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) With the passing of this legislation, nursing centers and ALFs can utilize a sales tax break of up to $15,000 on the purchase of any equipment to generate emergency energy.
Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Lake Placid) With the passing of this legislation, helpful changes to the nursing center change of ownership process have been made and the licensure renewal process is streamlined. This bill also eliminated obsolete provisions in statute which are out of date and no longer necessary.
Sen. Lauren Book (D-Plantation) Had this bill passed, it would have created a Prescription Drug Donation Program, allowing nursing centers to donate certain unused drugs at their discretion.
Sen. Gary Farmer (D-Ft. Lauderdale) Had this bill passed, it would have increased notification requirements by nursing centers and ALFs to the Long Term Care Ombudsman.
Sen. Gary Farmer (D-Ft. Lauderdale) Had this bill passed, it would have created multiple new causes of action against nursing centers and given the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program more watchdog authority through an “undercover system,” as well as a system for reporting complaints. This bill also called for minimum liability insurance and increased civil penalties.
Sen. Dana Young (R-Tampa) With the passing of this legislation, nursing center residents and staff will be safer, as health care facility building plans, blue prints, drawing and diagrams of the facility’s internal layout is now exempt from public record.
Sen. Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah) Had this bill passed, it would have created more access to care by allowing a consultant pharmacist to join a health care team to order and evaluate laboratory and clinical tests, conduct patient assessments, and initiate or modify, discontinue and administer medications if authorized by the supervising physician.
Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) Had this bill passed, it would have required prioritization of power restoration to nursing centers and ALFs post natural disaster, created a grant program to help fund the purchase of emergency power sources for nursing facilities, set emergency preparedness standards for nursing centers and ALFs and required a nursing center inspection every 15 months or an ALF inspection every 24 month of the equipment and emergency power sources at the facilities.
Sen. David Simmons (R-Longwood) Had this bill passed, it would have mandated minimum insurance requirements and revised the punitive damage laws for nursing centers.
Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) Had this bill passed, it would have eliminated the Certificate of Need Process for Hospitals.
Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) With the passing of this legislation, the ability to file a temporary injunction on a vulnerable adult who is considered at-risk for exploitation is created. The opportunity to file this type of injunction must be consented to by the vulnerable adult or his or her guardian.
Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Lake Placid) The language in this bill would have created a sales tax exemption for equipment used to generate emergency electricity. While this legislation did not pass, the same concept ended up in the final tax package (HB 7087) giving nursing centers and ALFs a sales tax break of up to $15,000 for the purchase of any equipment to generate emergency energy.
Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) With the passing of this legislation, Florida is closer to being able to join the APRN compact. Florida must meet 4 separate criteria to join the compact and this legislation checks off 3 of the 4 criteria.
Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) Had this bill passed, it would have required AHCA and DOEA to adopt and enforce rules which require nursing centers and ALFs to maintain generators and adequate fuel.
Sen. Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah) This legislation finalized the DOEA Emergency Environmental Rule for Assisted Living Facilities, meaning it is now Florida Law.

2018 Senate Scorecard

Baxley, Dennis:  R-Lady Lake

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 1592
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Supported all FHCA initiatives and publicly defended nursing centers' overall disaster response. 

Bean, Aaron:  R-Jacksonville

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

 Co-sponsor of FHCA-supported SB 622 related to AHCA regulations.

Benacquisto, Lizbeth:  R-Fort Myers

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • SB 474
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Was a proponent of increased Medicaid funding for nursing centers; worked with FHCA to ensure nursing centers were not negatively affected by HB 21 related to pain management.

Book, Lauren:  D-Plantation

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • SB 474
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

 Sponsored SB 710, which would have created a Prescription Drug Donation Program;  Sponsored SB 284 and worked with FHCA on amendments that would ensure proper timeframe and requirements for emergency power.

Bracy, Randolph:  D-Ocoee

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Bradley, Rob:  R-Orange Park

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

As Senate Appropriations Chair, fought publicly and privately for increased Medicaid funding for nursing centers. Also added the increase to the resident personal needs allowance into budget.

Brandes, Jeff:  R-St. Petersburg

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087

Comments:

Sponsored SB 1492 related to CON deregulation but did not include nursing centers; Sponsored SB 1594 related to the APRN compact; Sponsored SB 474 related to POLST and included provisions to help negate conflict between the POLST and the advanced directive currently in use.

Braynon, Oscar:  D-Miami Gardens

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Broxson, Doug:  R-Pensacola

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087

Campbell, Daphne:  D-North Miami Beach

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Co-sponsor of SB 622 related to AHCA Regulations; Co-sponsor of SB 1594 related to the APRN Compact; Co-sponsor of the Tax Package, SB 620.

Farmer, Gary:  D-Fort Lauderdale

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Sponsored SB 896 which would have needlessly increased burdensome regulations and expanded causes of actions, as well as eliminate tort protections against nursing centers; Sponsored SB 830, legislation focused on unnecessary and increased notifications. Conducted press conferences against nursing centers and advocated his bad legislation. Testified in front of Broward County Commission in support of an ordinance to mandate unattainable amounts of liability insurance for nursing centers.

Flores, Anitere:  R-Miami

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Was a proponent of increased Medicaid funding for nursing centers. As Chairman of Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, did not agenda a bill that would have removed nursing center litigation protections and would have mandated unattainable liability insurance requirements on nursing centers.  

Gainer, George:  R-Panama City

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Galvano, Bill:  R-Bradenton

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Garcia, René:  R-Hialeah

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Sponsored SB 914 related to consultant pharmacists; Sponsored SB 372 which would have prioritized utility restoration for nursing centers and ALFs. Sponsored SB 7028, Ratification of the DOEA Emergency Environmental Rule for ALFs; Was a proponent of increased Medicaid funding for nursing centers.

Gibson, Audrey:  D-Jacksonville

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Grimsley, Denise:  R-Lake Placid

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 1592
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Sponsored the AHCA Regulation bill, SB 622, which removed obsolete provisions from statute and agreed to FHCA supported language in the bill; Sponsored SB 1592 which included a sales tax credit for nursing center and ALF generator purchases. Worked with FHCA on a preemption amendment related to the AHCA Emergency Environmental Rule for Nursing Homes and the DOEA Emergency Environmental Rule for ALFs.

Hukill, Dorothy:  R-Port Orange

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1594
  • SB 1592
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • SB 474
  • HB 7087

Hutson, Travis:  R-Palm Coast

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • SB 474
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Co-sponsor of SB 284

Lee, Tom:  R-Brandon

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • HB 551

Mayfield, Debbie:  R-Melbourne

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1592
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087

Montford, Bill:  D-Tallahassee

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • SB 474
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Negron, Joe:  R-Palm City

  • SB 622
  • HB 7087

Comments:

Made increased Medicaid funding for nursing centers a top priority of the Senate. Advocated for an increase to the resident personal needs allowance. Blocked trial lawyer-supported legislation which mandated unattainable insurance requirements on nursing centers from being heard in committee. Worked with FHCA on language for the AHCA Emergency Environmental Rule for Nursing Homes and the DOEA Emergency Environmental Rule for ALFs.  

Passidomo, Kathleen:  R-Naples

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • SB 474
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Sponsored SB 1874 related to Emergency Power for Nursing Homes and ALFs and worked with FHCA on emergency power language in the bill; Sponsored the Tax Package, SB 620. Sponsored SB 1562 which will help protect the elderly from financial abuses.

Perry, Keith:  R-Gainesville

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Supported FHCA position on the AHCA Emergency Environmental Rule for Nursing Homes and the DOEA Emergency Environmental Rule for ALFs. As a contractor, helped educate legislators on the complexity of installing a generator.  

Powell, Bobby:  D-West Palm Beach

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 1592
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • SB 474
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Rader, Kevin:  D-Boca Raton

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1592
  • SB 906
  • HB 551

Comments:

Supported FHCA position on the AHCA Emergency Environmental Rule for Nursing Homes and the DOEA Emergency Environmental Rule for ALFs in Committee; Spoke in committee against legislation that would have mandated unattainable insurance requirements on nursing centers. 

Rodriguez, Jose Javier:  D-Miami

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Rouson, Darryl:  D-St. Petersburg

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1592
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • HB 7087

Comments:

Co-sponsor of SB 284; Supported FHCA position in the Constitutional Revision Commission against a proposed constitutional amendment that would have expanded causes of actions and removed tort protections for nursing centers.

Simmons, David:  R-Longwood

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Sponsored SB 1408 which would have mandated unattainable insurance requirements on nursing centers. After meeting and discussing FHCA's position on SB 1408, agreed not to proceed with it and to work with FHCA in the future on a possible comprise that would help with a return of the insurance market for LTC providers.  

Simpson, Wilton:  R-Spring Hill

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087

Stargel, Kelli:  R-Lakeland

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Sponsored FHCA supported SB 1260 after hearing concerns from providers about the timeline challenges to implementing the AHCA Emergency Environmental Rule for Nursing Homes and the DOEA Environmental Rule for ALFs; Co-sponsor of SB 1874 related to emergency power for nursing centers and ALFs; Co-sponsor of SB 620, the Tax Package, and filed language related to generator sales tax break for nursing centers and ALFs which was included in the final product. 

Steube, Greg:  R-Sarasota

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Co-sponsor of SB 1492 related to CON deregulation but did not include nursing centers; Co-sponsor of the Tax Package, SB 620.

Stewart, Linda:  D-Orlando

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 1594
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Agreed to FHCA supported Amendment which would have provided additional funding to nursing centers complying with the AHCA Emergency Environmental Rule for Nursing Homes

Taddeo, Annette:  D-Miami

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087

Thurston, Perry:  D-Ft. Lauderdale

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087

Torres, Victor:  D-Kissimmee

  • SB 622
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1562
  • HB 551
  • HB 7087

Young, Dana:  R-Tampa

  • SB 622
  • SB 710
  • HB 1059
  • HB 1337
  • SB 1594
  • SB 906
  • HB 551
  • SB 1874
  • SB 474
  • HB 7087
  • SB 620

Comments:

Sponsored SB 906 related to Patient and Staff Safety. Co-sponsor of the Tax Package, SB 620; As Health Policy Committee chair, helped stop harmful legislation that would have mandated unattainable insurance requirements on nursing centers and worked with FHCA on ensuring the AHCA Emergency Environmental Rule for Nursing Homes and the DOEA Emergency Environmental Rule for ALFs were implemented in a way nursing and assisted living facilities could comply. Co-sponsor of SB 1562 which will help protect the elderly from financial abuses.