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House begins discussion on medical marijuana bill

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The Florida House on Wednesday began considering a bill that would expand medical marijuana in Florida. The House began discussing the measure (HB 307), and Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Fort Walton Beach Republican sponsoring the bill, fielded questions from lawmakers on the proposal. The bill is expected to receive a vote Thursday. The bill expands the 2015 Right to Try Act to include medical cannabis. The 2015 law allows terminally ill patients to try experimental treatments that have passed the…

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Loranne Ausley to host campaign kick-off Tuesday evening

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Former state Rep. Loranne Ausley will host an event in Tallahassee tomorrow night to launch her bid to succeed state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda in Ausley’s erstwhile District 9 House seat. Ausley — a voluminous fundraiser, particularly for a Democrat — lists several Capitol regulars on her host committee, still in formation. Longtime pol and former Florida State University President Sandy D’Alemberte will be there with his wife Patsy Palmer, as will Paul Mitchell of the heavyweight influence firm Southern Strategy Group, along with a…

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Democrats’ amendments repealing nuclear fees voted down

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The Florida House on Tuesday voted down bill amendments that would have repealed or scaled back a 2006 state law that allows utilities to charge in advance for nuclear power plants that may never be built. HB 7109 is a bill that establishes term limits for Public Service Commission members and provides for Duke Energy Florida to issue bonds to cover the $1.4 billion cost for shutting down its Crystal River nuclear plant. Democrats offered 16 amendments but half were…

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