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ICYMI: 2016 Legislative Season

October 1, 2017

In case you've missed it, legislative session 17-18 has begun!  Many have asked why the Florida licensed midwives (LMs) have activated.  I thought it might be a good idea to give a brief timeline to catch everyone up as we embark on the 2017 legislative season.  

 

April 2016 Florida ACOG requests additional information from the Council of Licensed Midwifery

October 2016:  CLM meeting with ACOG lobbyist present, who expressed concerns about the lack of adverse event reporting and oversight for licensed midwives. 

November 2016:  Licensed Midwives gather to engage in discussions, planning, and legislative work to help protect Chapter 467 and licensed midwifery.  Legislative Committee is formed. 

December 2016:  LMs hire two lobbyists, Ron Watson of Watson Strategies, and Louis Rotundo.  Both have extensive medical lobbying experience.  

January 2017-March 2017:  The Legislative Committee works collaboratively with ACOG to create language for a bill for adverse event reporting for out-of-hospital births. 

April 2017:  Ron Watson and Louis Rotundo work with ACOG to avoid placing the adverse event reporting language in Chapter 467, instead choosing to place it in Chapter 456.  This is a great victory because it protects the Midwifery Practice Act.  

April 2017:  Capitol Day in Tallahassee!  Eleven advocates attended with lobbyists Ron and Louis.  19 legislators were visited; this was a great success. 

May 2017:  Adverse event reporting, added as an amendment to an existing bill, does not advance from committee.  Senator Dana Young reports she will sponsor a bill during the 2017-18 Legislative Session. 

July 2017:  The Foundation for Florida Midwives is created to support LMs in raising money for their lobbyist.  

 

There!  You're all caught up.  

 

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