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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to Legislative IQ powered by LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. Off: Shirley Proctor is no longer administrative assistant to the Senate Committee on Judiciary. On: Joyce Butler has become the new administrative assistant for Judiciary. Off & On: Ned Luczynski has become policy chief for the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee after leaving his role as policy chief for the House Business & Professions Subcommittee. Off: Tom Cooper is no longer policy chief…

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Greg Steube files low-THC cannabis bill

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Sarasota state Rep. Greg Steube filed a bill Thursday that would expand the state’s low-THC medical cannabis regime. The bill — HB 63 — contains several provisions that would substantially lower some barriers to entry for would-be medical cannabis growers and manufacturers, most notably a lack of limits on the number of manufacturers. Under current law, only five vertically integrated licensees will legally be allowed to manufacture noneuphoric low-THC marijuana derivatives like Charlotte’s Web. They must have the capacity to grow some…

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Bill Galvano files latest round of ‘FHIX’ repairs

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Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano of Bradenton filed two new amendments to the Senate’s healthcare proposal on Tuesday morning. One, the “timely-filed” barcode 852368, addresses the “sunset” provision that state Rep. Cary Pigman took issue with yesterday during the House’s workshop on the so-called “FHIX 2.0” proposal to expand health care in Florida by expanding a privately run, largely federally funded program of coverage for the uninsured. It specifically enumerates several triggers that would end the program at the end of the…

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Dueling presentations on FHIX plan show merits of health expansion all in the eye of beholder

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Healthcare committees in the House and Senate on Monday discussed the same proposal to expand healthcare access to the uninsured–SB 2A–in Florida. But it might not have sounded like it. In a “Tale of Two Cities”-esque tableau, the Senate discussed the bill for one hour before unanimously agreeing to pass it with sponsor and Health Care Policy Committee Chairman state Sen. Aaron Bean answering members’ questions. The House of Representatives discussed the measure for three hours but never took a…

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House water bill language finds a new home as session winds down

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Language from a comprehensive House water bill was added on Thursday to other environmental legislation in the House over objections from Democrats. But the water bill language lacks key components of the Senate bill that is important to that chamber’s leadership, raising questions about whether the move represents gamesmanship between the two chambers. And some environmentalists say they’d prefer to see the bills die, effectively ending what some observers predicted would be the “year of water” in the Legislature. HB…

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Will House panel OK a bill allowing advanced RNs to practice without MDs’ oversight?

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At its last scheduled meeting of the year, the House Health Innovation Subcommittee will consider a bill to allow advanced registered nurse practitioners to practice independently from physicians. Sponsored by physician and state Rep. Cary Pigman, HB 547 was temporarily deferred at the panel’s meeting last week when it appeared that it was going to fail. The committee will tackle the bill again today when it meets at 9 a.m. It is the only bill on the agenda. Today’s vote is…

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