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House puts fate of fentanyl trafficking bill at risk

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The Florida House has rejected a Senate proposal to loosen mandatory-minimum-sentence requirements in a bill that cracks down on synthetic drug traffickers, putting the legislation in jeopardy with only one day left for it to pass. The bill’s primary sponsor, Republican Rep. Jim Boyd, said the purpose of the bill would be defeated without the three-year mandatory minimum sentence for someone caught with at least 4 grams of fentanyl. He said the bill is meant to jail “scumbag” drug dealers,…

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Florida bolsters response to opioid-addiction crisis

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Wednesday to combat opioid abuse in the state, where he said the number of overdose deaths has reached epidemic proportions. Scott’s executive order will free up nearly $30 million in federal funds for prevention, treatment and recovery services. And it comes as a series of workshops focused on addressing the opioid abuse crisis launch in the state’s hardest-hit areas. “I know firsthand how heartbreaking substance abuse can be to a family…

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Charlie Crist calls GOP Obamacare repeal without replacement ‘unacceptable’

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With the Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare — already beginning to be phased out by Republicans in Washington this month, congressional Democrats took to the streets in Florida and around the country Sunday afternoon. Congressional representatives held rallies and press events featuring regular citizens whose lives have benefited by Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. In South St. Petersburg, Charlie Crist held his own event, where he blasted congressional Republicans for having nearly seven years to provide an alternative to the ACA without doing so yet.…

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Rick Scott decries ‘bureaucracy and politics’ in federal Zika aid

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Gov. Rick Scott demanded Tuesday that the Obama administration speed delivery of $1.1 billion in federal money to fight the Zika virus, “to protect pregnant women and their developing babies” in Florida. Congress approved the spending, which President Obama signed off on in September, but the money has yet to arrive, Scott said in a written statement. “All year we watched as bureaucracy and politics got in the way of funding for this public health emergency, and the time for bureaucracy…

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Zika test urged for pregnant women throughout Miami-Dade

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The government on Wednesday recommended Zika testing for all pregnant women who recently spent time anywhere in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. The county is the only area in the continental U.S. where mosquitoes have been spreading the virus since the summer. Testing is recommended for pregnant women who lived in — or visited — Miami-Dade since August 1, whether or not they have symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously urged testing for pregnant women who had been…

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Rick Scott identifies new Zika transmission zone in Miami-Dade County

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The Department of Health has identified a new transmission zone for locally acquired Zika. Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that health officials confirmed local transmissions are occurring in a small area in Miami-Dade County. The area is about one-square mile, and stretches from NW 79th Street to the north to NW 63rd Street to the south, and NW 10th Avenue to the west and N. Miami Avenue to the east. “Today’s announcement of a new area in Miami of ongoing…

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Marco Rubio pushes legislation to protect servicemen and women from Zika

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Sen. Marco Rubio is taking steps to make sure U.S. troops are protected from the Zika virus. The Miami Republican introduced legislation Wednesday to provide troops with additional resources to protect against the spread of Zika. Among other things, the bill — dubbed the Servicemembers’ Zika Protection Act — would make funding available to send insect repellent to members of the armed forces and Department of Defense civilian personnel in areas affected by the Zika virus. “With 100 members of our…

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