JD Alexander: Legislature will look at closing of Correctional Medical Authority

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Senate Budget Chairman JD Alexander said the Legislature will take a new look next session at the Correctional Medical Authority, which ceased to exist last week because lawmakers didn’t fund it, reports the News Service of Florida. Democrats in the Legislature and others have raised questions about whether the state may be opened up to new litigation over the medical treatment of prisoners without the independent oversight that was provided by the agency, which created to settle just such a lawsuit over health care in prisons. “When we get to the next session, we’ll take a look at it and see what we need to do there,” Alexander, R-Lake Wales, told the Palm Beach Post for a story Thursday. “I don’t yet know enough to know but if we need to put it back in place, we’ll put it back in place.”

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