Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

House

Rob Bradley files amendment to House medical marijuana bill to add retail caps, 10 new licenses by Oct. 1

in 2017 by

With just days left in the 2017 Legislative Session, the Senate appears poised to take up and amend the House version of a bill to implement the 2016 medical marijuana constitutional amendment. The Senate placed the House bill (HB 1397) on Thursday’s Special Order calendar on Wednesday evening. The Senate proposal (SB 406) was on Wednesday’s calendar, but was temporarily postponed. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Rob Bradley, spent most of the day at the rostrum presiding over the day’s business.…

Keep Reading

House medical marijuana implementing bill headed to the floor

in 2017 by

A House panel advanced an amended version of the lower chamber’s medical marijuana implementing bill, preparing the bill for a vote by the full House in the coming weeks. But with two weeks left until the scheduled end of the 2017 Legislative Session, the House and Senate continue to be at odds when it comes to implementing the 2016 constitutional medical marijuana amendment. While Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, the sponsor of House bill (HB 1397), had hoped to present a…

Keep Reading

Amendment could limit the number of retail locations allowed to dispense medical marijuana

in 2017 by

A proposed amendment to the Senate’s medical marijuana implementing could limit the number of retail facilities allowed to dispense medical marijuana. Sen. Frank Artiles filed an amendment  to the Senate proposal (SB 406) Monday that appears to place a cap on the number of retail facilities from which medical marijuana treatment centers can dispense medical marijuana. According to the amendment, medical marijuana treatment centers “may not dispense marijuana from more than 3 retail facilities.” The amendment does not limit “MMTC…

Keep Reading

Florida welfare recipients could face tougher sanctions

in Statewide by

People who receive cash assistance from the Florida government and fail to comply with work requirements could be left without money for a longer time. A House panel on Thursday advanced a bill (HB 23) that would toughen sanctions for individuals who do not work toward furthering their education or careers while in the program. The vote came over the objections of Democrats, who said it would leave more families hungry and would make it harder for people to get…

Keep Reading

House panel to discuss changing how nursing homes that accept Medicaid are paid

in Statewide by

Nursing homes that accept Medicaid could see changes in how they are paid in the coming fiscal year, but exactly what those changes will look like remain to be seen. The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to begin discussions about new payment plans Wednesday, when Agency for Health Care Administration officials give members a presentation detailing the Navigant recommendations for a new payment method. The Navigant proposal would move the state away from its current cost-based model and…

Keep Reading

Florida Democrats call for special legislation to ban terror suspects from buying guns

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

After the Pulse nightclub shooting last weekend, Florida Democratic lawmakers made it public Wednesday morning: they’re calling on Gov. Rick Scott and Senate President Andy Gardiner for a special legislative session to try and pass forward laws to ban suspected terror suspects from buying guns. Sen. Darren Soto, Rep. John Cortes, Sen. Geraldine Thompson and others gathered in front of the Orange County Courthouse on Orange Avenue and made their statement unified: it’s time to act on guns. Soto’s reason for the…

Keep Reading

Darryl Paulson: Florida’s congressional elections: The changing of the guard

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

In a typical election cycle, about 90 percent of House members and 70 percent of U.S. senators win re-election. As has often been noted, Americans hate Congress, but love their own representative. In the 2016 congressional election in Florida, close to half of the delegation will be replaced. As David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report notes, “Florida is primed to have the most turnover in the country.” Why will Florida experience such unprecedented turnover? The answer: retirements, reapportionment and…

Keep Reading

Go to Top