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Bill seeks priority for nursing home power restoration

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A House Republican on Friday proposed a measure that seeks to ensure power restoration for nursing homes and hospitals is a priority after hurricanes and other emergencies.

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Intensifying storm could threaten Gulf Coast

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Tropical Depression 16 is expected to intensify into a tropical storm within 24 hours while traveling north into the Gulf of Mexico. A forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center projected the storm will make landfall as a hurricane this weekend somewhere between New Orleans and Tampa Bay, with the Florida Panhandle as the center point.

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Pam Bondi goes to Nevada

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Drawing on lessons learned after a nightclub massacre last year in Orlando, Attorney General Pam Bondi and members of her office will be in Las Vegas the next few days to help victims of the nation’s latest mass killing. Bondi, along with Emery Gainey, director of the Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs, and five advocates are traveling at the request of Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt.

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DEP seeks $50M for Florida Forever

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A request is on the desk of Gov. Rick Scott to replenish the state’s most prominent land-preservation fund. The Department of Environmental Protection‘s wish list for the 2018-2019 fiscal year—presented to Scott last week as the governor’s office crafts budget recommendations for the Legislature—includes $50 million for the Florida Forever program.

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Senate bill could curb stadium projects

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Professional sports franchises would be prohibited from building or renovating stadiums on publicly owned land under a measure introduced Tuesday in the Florida Senate.

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Governor to propose $50 million for opioid fight

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Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders signaled Tuesday that addressing Florida’s deadly opioid epidemic will be a high-profile issue during the 2018 session, with Scott saying he will propose spending $50 million on programs such as drug treatment. Scott appeared Tuesday morning in Manatee County and was scheduled to appear later in Palm Beach County — two areas hard hit by opioid abuse — to announce that he will include the $50 million in his proposed 2018-2019 budget and push…

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Health insurance panel eyes transportation costs

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A state insurance advisory panel on Tuesday will finalize its legislative recommendations for the upcoming session and will consider, among other things, a proposal to ban emergency medical transportation providers from hitting insured customers with out-of-pocket medical bills. Only proposals with unanimous support from Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board members will be forwarded to the Legislature for consideration.

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