Task Force Initiatives

Task Force Initiatives

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TOP FIVE FROM THE TASK FORCE:  NOVEMBER 2017

1.   LEGISLATIVE SESSION STARTS EARLY . . .
  • Regular Session convenes January 9, 2018.
  • February 27, 2018 – (50th day) – Last day for regularly scheduled committee meetings.
  • March 9, 2018 (60th day) – Last day of Regular Session.
  • Note:  Task force members are scheduled for each week during the session to be available for meetings, testifying, etc.
2.  EXPLOITATION PROPOSED LEGISLATION

  • Elder Law Section/AFELA proposing Exploitation legislation this session.
  • Sponsors:  Senator Passidomo and Representative Burton
  • Purpose:  To obtain a 15 day injunction to temporarily freeze assets when misappropriation or exploitation is suspected.
  • Note: Task force members are working with other stakeholders on any concerns or improvements to legislation to ensure passage this session.
3.  WATCHING . . . REMOTE NOTARIZATION
  • Notarize.com will be pushing for filing this legislation during this session.
  • Our lobbyist, Brian Jogerst, has met with their lobbyist so we can better understand the safeguards.
  • Wills are excluded in the proposed legislation but it does cover Durable Powers of Attorney which is concerning.
  • Note:  Task force members are consolidating list of concerns to discuss with other stakeholders.
4.  WATCHING . . . CLERK OF COURT
  • Senator Passidomo filed the bill on behalf of the clerks.
  • The clerk of court is pushing this bill that will allow for random audits of guardianships which would include accountings.  This would be separate from the required annual audits.
  • The Elder Law Section/AFELA oppose the proposed legislation for various reasons.
5.  WAIVERS . . . AND ATTACK ON 3 MONTH RETROACTIVE RULE
  • CMS approved Iowa’s waiver request to eliminate retroactive coverage for the three months prior to Medicaid filing.  Maine has submitted similar request to CMS.
  • This issue has been raised in a committee meeting already and with a stretched budget this is something to watch here in Florida.