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The day that was in Florida politics — March 31

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This day at the state Capitol lawmakers continue to clear their desks of items before getting down to serious budget work. They dealt with the contentious issues of marijuana, abortion and fracking before having to deal with the $4.2 billion really contentious differences in the spending plans they are developing. State Sen. Garrett Richter’s fracking proposal drew guffaws from environmentalists in the audience when it was presented as a regulatory plan for an industry already active in the state. The…

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Charlotte’s Web fix advances

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State Sen. Rob Bradley was the man in the arena at Tuesday’s Health Policy Committee meeting. He had to beat back challenges from two factions wanting changes in his SB 7066, a Charlotte’s Web fix (he prefers not to call it a glitch bill) and address complaints from stakeholders wanting an end to the bickering between regulators and growers over rules getting medicinal cannabis oil to the market. “We need to bring this to a close. Give us a regulatory…

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