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2016 Regular Session

Health care bills advance in legislature

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A variety of healthcare-related bills made way through the Legislature on the penultimate day of the 2016 Regular Session. LobbyTools reports that the House passed HB 1241, which allows advanced nurses and physician assistants to order medications for patients at health facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes. Another amended bill (HB 977), which seeks to alleviate Florida’s behavioral health care workforce, passed the Senate and went to the House, concurring with upper chamber’s changes the same day. HB 977…

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Florida Chamber unveils ambitious plan for job growth, diversified economy in 2016

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Florida’s Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to the upcoming Legislative Session with a new blueprint for the effort to advance jobs, economic growth and opportunity in the Sunshine State. Now entering its 100th year, the Chamber unveiled its 2016 Legislative Agenda during a Tuesday news conference at the Florida Capitol. The Florida Legislature is scheduled to convene its 2016 Regular Session Jan. 12. Presenting the agenda was Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson, Chamber Chairwoman Tracy Duda Chapman, senior…

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Where fundraising races stand in Tampa Bay area 2016 legislative contests

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Voting in Florida state races is now just under 18 months away, with a June special session and the 2016 Regular Session thrown in for good measure. Nevertheless, political campaigns statewide are starting to gear up, as the campaign cash begins to flow in earnest. Here’s where things stand through April 30 in fundraising races across the Tampa Bay region, according to the Florida Division of Elections’ website: Senate District 17 State Sen. John Legg, who has been raising money for…

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