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Drew Parker

Deputy General Counsel

Chasity O'Steen

Deputy General Counsel

Gregory Venz









DFS Rule Hearings & Workshops and Notices of Public Meetings

Generic Agenda for rulemaking workshops or hearings .

Revised: 1/12/2016.  Please note that hearings have only been scheduled, not requested, unless otherwise noted.

Rule Number & Title

69L-31 - Utilization and Reimbursement Dispute Rule

Type Date - Time Location

Workshop

January 12, 2016 @ 9:30 a.m.

Room 109,
Hartman Building,
2012 Capital Circle Southeast, Tallahassee, Florida

Purpose and Effect:

Rules are being amended which govern the process for resolution of disputes between workers’ compensation carriers and health care providers.  Revised forms are adopted.  Rule 69L-31.005, F.A.C., is amended to provide greater detail regarding materials required to be included in a petition for dispute resolution.  Rule 69L-31.008, F.A.C., is revised to provide clarity regarding computation of the time period to submit a petition for dispute resolution.  The time period in Rule 69L-31.009, F.A.C., for a carrier to respond to a petition is expanded from 10 to 30 days.  New Rule 69L-31.016, F.A.C., is proposed to limit the scope of the dispute resolutions to compliance with standards under Chapter 440, F.S., and exclude issues of contract interpretation.  Changes are also made to provide several minor edits, primarily for the purpose of clarity.

Contact Attorney

Division of Workers’ Compensation
Bureau of Monitoring and Audit
Pamela Macon (850)413-1708 or
Pamela.Macon@MyFloridaCFO.com

Valentine

Rule Number & Title

69A-70.001 – Scope
69A-70.005 - Codes Adopted
69A-70.010 - Installation Requirements

Type Date - Time Location

Workshop

January 13, 2016

Division of State Fire Marshal,
3rd Floor Conference Room,
The Atrium Building,
325 John Knox Road, Tallahassee, FL

Purpose and Effect:

EFFECT: The purpose of the proposed new rules is to establish the requirements for carbon monoxide sensor devices as required under subsection 509.211(4), F.S., for public lodging establishments that contain a boiler regulated under Chapter 554, F.S.  Rule 69A-70.005, F.A.C., will adopt the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code, NFPA-720-2012 edition, as the standard for carbon monoxide detectors in spaces or rooms of public lodging establishments that contain a boiler regulated under Chapter 554, F.S.  Rule 69A-70.010, F.A.C., additionally requires labeling and compliance with Underwriters Laboratories, Standard 2034.  An inspection certification process is also imposed.

Contact Attorney

Division of State Fire Marshal
Mike Burns (850)413-3614 or
Mike.Burns@myfloridacfo.com

Valentine

Rule Number & Title

69J-176.022 - Mediation of Bodily Injury and Property Damage Claims

Type Date - Time Location

Workshop

January 14, 2016 @ 9:00 AM

142 Larson Building,
200 East Gaines Street,
Tallahassee, Florida

Purpose and Effect:

PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The proposed amendment is intended to promote clarity and efficiency in the mediation of bodily injury and property damage claims.  The rule is being amended to do the following:

  • Update the definitions contained in the rule.
  • Change the due date for respondents to pay the invoice for mediation fees. 
  • Identify the website at which the mediation request form may be obtained.
  • Identify the mediation claims e-mail address.
  • Update the mediator selection, mediation conference and mediation attendance sections.
  • Adopt a mediation disposition form.
  • Provide various additional clarifications and minor revisions.
Contact Attorney

Division of Consumer Services
Tasha Carter (850)413-5800 or Tasha.Carter@myfloridacfo.com

Hayes

Rule Number & Title

69A-37.039 - Prescribed Forms for Training and Certification.
69A-37.065 - Programs of Study and Vocational Courses

Type Date - Time Location

Workshop

January 22, 2016 @ 1:00 PM -2:30 PM

Ocean Center,
Room 202C,
101 N Atlantic Ave.,
Daytona Beach, FL. 32118

Purpose and Effect:

The purpose of the changes to Rule 69A-37.039, F.A.C., is to introduce two new training programs for firefighters as provided in Sections 633.418 and 633.406(2), F.S.  The Florida State Fire College is required to provide professional and volunteer firefighters with essential professional instruction and training in subjects, including, hazardous materials and urban search and rescue, and other disciplines.  The proposed rule introduces a voluntary advanced training program designed for firefighters having search and rescue responsibilities. This program is based on the NFPA 1670, “Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents.”  This program is intended to prepare individuals for service as search and rescue responders in the five disciplines of Florida Urban Search and Rescue (FLUSAR).  The changes to the rule also introduce a voluntary advanced training program designed for firefighters having hazardous materials responsibilities. This program is based on NFPA 472, “Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.”   This program is intended to prepare individuals for service as hazardous materials responders.  Rule 69A-37.039, F.A.C., will include amendments to adopt the forms necessary to implement changes being made in Rule 69A-37.065, F.A.C.

Contact Attorney

Division of State Fire Marshal
Firefighter Standards and Training
Bill Wentlandt (352)369-2829 or
Bill.Wentlandt@MyFloridaCFO.com

Hayes
Rule Number & Title

69J-8.008-Selection of Neutral Evaluator
69J-8.009 - Evaluation Process
69J-8.011 - Neutral Evaluator’s Report

Type Date - Time Location

Hearing

January 28, 2016 @ 10:30 a.m.

Conference Room 142,
Larson Bldg.,
200 East Gaines Street,
Tallahassee

Summary of Rule:

An insurer must contact a policyholder or the policyholder agent within five (5) days of notification of a request for neutral evaluation of a sinkhole insurance claim.  However, failure to comply with the five (5) day time limit does not negate the insurer’s right to neutral evaluation or its right to disqualify evaluators.

Contact Attorney

Division Consumer Services
Tasha Carter (850)413-5800 or
Tasha.Carter@myfloridacfo.com

Valentine
Rule Number & Title

69C-6.003 - The Plan; Prescribed Forms

Type Date - Time Location

Hearing

January 28, 2016 @ 3:00 PM

Suite 440-C,
Hermitage Centre,
1801 Hermitage Blvd.,
Tallahassee, Florida

Summary of Rule:

The amendments to the State of Florida Employees Deferred Compensation Plan include changes to the Plan’s Investment Policy (Form DFS-J3-1541).  The revisions add language to the definitions section, update the policy to conform to statutory requirements and implement minor administrative changes to the Plan.

Contact Attorney

Division of Treasury
Bureau of Deferred Compensation
Kandi Winters ( 850)413-3162 or
Kandi.Winters@myfloridacfo.com

Hayes
Rule Number & Title

69J-166.002 - Mediation of Commercial Residential Property Insurance Claims.
69J-166.031 -  Mediation of Residential Property Insurance Claims.

Type Date - Time Location

Hearing

January 29, 2016 @ 9:30 a.m.

Room 142
Larson Building,
200 East Gaines Street,
Tallahassee, Florida

Summary of Rule:

New Rule Chapter 69B-250 for certification of mediators is referenced.  Insurers must make a claim determination before submitting a claim to mediation.  The twenty-one (21) day period to resolve a claim prior to mediation begins with the receipt of the request for mediation by the Department of Financial Services.  A website is provided to obtain a mediation request form.  The description “a reasonable proximity” is replaced with “15 driving miles” of the insured property as a description of the permissible location of a mediation in absence of agreement of the parties, and unless the Administrator provides a location.

Contact Attorney

Division of Consumer Services
Tasha Carter (850)413-5800 or Tasha.Carter@myfloridacfo.com

Valentine

Rule Number & Title

69L-22 - Reemployment Services-Workers’ Compensation

Type Date - Time Location

Workshop

February 4, 2016 @ 9AM

Room 102,
Hartman Building,
2012 Capital Circle Southeast,
Tallahassee, Florida.

Purpose and Effect:

The proposed rules are amended to clarify the process injured employees must follow when seeking to obtain Department-sponsored reemployment services. The proposed rules provide injured employees with information and guidance regarding available reemployment services and the terms, conditions, and responsibilities associated with receiving such services. Additionally, the proposed rulemaking incorporates two new forms and revises two existing forms.

Contact Attorney

Division of Workers’ Compensation
Chief, Bureau of Employee Assistance and Ombudsman Office
Stephen Yon (850)413-1786 or
Stephen.Yon@myfloridacfo.com

Fijman
Rule Number & Title

69A-51.001 – Scope
69A-51.040 - Disciplinary Proceedings
69A-51.050 - Inspection Requirements
69A-51.075 – Repairs
69A-51.085 - Accidents

Type Date - Time Location

Hearing

February 9, 2016 @ 10:00 a.m.

Conference Room 143,
Larson Bldg.,
200 E. Gaines Street, Tallahassee

Summary of Rule:

Rules 69A-51.001, .050, .075, and .085, F.A.C., are amended to delete references to undefined terms.  Rule 69A-51.085, F.A.C., is amended to provide a telephone number and email address to report boiler accidents involving personal injury or explosion to the Boiler Safety Program.  Rule 69A-51.040, F.A.C., is repealed.

Contact Attorney

Division of State Fire Marshal
Mike Burns (850)413-3614 or
Mike.Burns@myfloridacfo.com

Karniewicz
Rule Number & Title

69I-44.021 - Claim for Funds Paid to the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 43.19, 732.107, 733.816 or 44.534, Florida Statutes.

Type Date - Time Location

Hearing

February 10, 2016 @ 10:00 a.m.

Room B103,
Fletcher Building,
101 E. Gaines Street,
Tallahassee, FL

Summary of Rule:

Rule 69I-44.021, F.A.C., is repealed.

Contact Attorney

Division of Accounting & Auditing
Bureau of Unclaimed Property
Phillip Carlton (850)413- 5570 or
Phillip.Carlton@myfloridacfo.com.

Karniewicz