|FPMA Treasurer Dr. Larissa Schmidt (left) met with Representative Daisy Morales on June 30, 2021.|
On May 12, 2021, the American Podiatric Medical Association hosted a Virtual Legislative Conference providing attendees (members of Florida Podiatric Medical Association’s Governmental & Legislative Committee and PAC Committee) an opportunity to interface directly with members and staff of the U.S. Congress via Zoom. To access a recap of this event, click HERE.
|If you are interested in becoming an FPMA Key Legislative Contact, please email the FPMA Governmental & Legislative Affairs committee co-chairs, Drs. Terence McDonald or Andre Williams, at email@example.com or call FPMA Executive Director Karen Lambert directly at 850.224.4085.|
|FPMA Lobbyist Chris Hansen (left) and Representative Spencer Roach|
Passage of FPMA 2021 Legislation:
On Thursday, April 8, 2021, Florida Podiatric Medical Association’s pro-Podiatry legislation, sponsored in the Florida House of Representatives by Representative Melony Bell (HB 17) and in the Florida Senate by Senator Ed Hooper (SB 170), made its final committee stop in the Senate, where it met with a vote of 40 Yeas and 0 Nays.
The legislation, which included the key elements identified below, now moves to Governor DeSantis’ desk for his signature.
Key Elements of the FPMA 2021 Legislation:
The Florida Podiatric Medical Association profusely thanks our sponsors, FPMA members, and the FPMA lobbying team
for all of their efforts, which led to this success.
The Florida Podiatry Political Committee is the state-recognized independent arm of the Florida Podiatry profession, created to provide financial election support to bipartisan candidates for the Florida House and Senate. Since elected officials decide how Podiatric Medicine is practiced in Florida, one of the goals of the Florida Podiatry Political Committee is to be sure that those legislators are cognizant of the full scope of education, training, and experience of Podiatric Physicians practicing in the State of Florida.
The Florida Podiatry Political Committee created a Podiatric Fact Sheet, which is supplied to all of the candidates FPMA supports so when they are faced with medical legislation, Florida Podiatry will be included. Click here to access the Florida Podiatry Political Committee Fact Sheet.
Online Sunshine (Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature)
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Legislative Advocacy department and Legislative Committee provide members with current information about federal legislative issues. Click on the links below for more information.
The APMA State Advocacy program area was established to assist APMA state components and members in their legislative efforts as well as to advance the priorities of Podiatric Medicine through legal and regulatory advocacy. Check out the links below for more information on APMA state advocacy.