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Constitutional commission panel recommends extending deadlines

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The new deadline for the public to submit amendments for the state’s Constitution would be Oct. 6, under a recommendation OK’d Monday by the Constitution Revision Commission‘s (CRC) Committee on Rules. The previous deadline to turn in proposals had been last Friday, but commissioners wanted to give more time after Hurricane Irma blew through the state the week before.

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House, Senate trying to avoid budget showdown over rules

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The Florida Senate and House have agreed to work together on a joint rule to avoid a “who blinks first” approach to this year’s budget negotiations.  Sen. Jack Latvala, the Clearwater Republican who heads the Appropriations Committee, Thursday told the Rules Committee he was “pleased to report” House leaders had agreed to consider what’s known as a “joint rule” to streamline the process. The Naples Daily News reported Wednesday the Legislature could be headed to “a partial state government shutdown” over…

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Senate panel OKs nursing bill; it’s now a healthcare train

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The Senate Appropriations Committee quickly moved a healthcare train with little-to-no debate. The underlying nursing bill became a “train” after the committee tagged on two House priorities: direct primary care and site selection for new veteran nursing homes or HBs 7047 and 7045, respectively. Both bills were developed by the House Health Innovation Subcommittee. The underlying bill, CS/CS/SB 532, is filed by state Sen. Denise Grimsley and it allows advanced registered nurse practitioners to order medications for patients in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, or mobile surgical…

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Will 1030 or 7066 put medicinal marijuana in the ground?

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Growers, investors, and patient advocates are reading state Rep. Matt Gaetz’s words on medicinal marijuana as if they were ancient tasseographers reading tea leaves. They are trying to discern whether medicinal marijuana will become available under SB 1030, approved in 2014, or SPB 7066, which is moving through the Florida Senate. “What are they doing in Tallahassee? Where are we going with this?” asked Kerry Herndon, a Central Florida grower interested in one of the licenses authorizing the cultivation of medicinal…

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Five minutes with Jeff Brandes on the Charlotte’s Web ‘glitch’ bill

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes sees an opportunity to expand the low-THC Charlotte’s Web glitch bill now moving through the Legislature. SPB 7066, up in the Rules Committee Thursday, increases the number of licenses to cultivate medicinal marijuana but restricts the illnesses treated and strains of marijuana doctors are authorized to order for their patients. Brandes sponsored SB 528, which would leave many of the decisions about the strain of marijuana to use, when to use it and how to use…

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Tempers flare at RNC re: Jim Greer’s election

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Old grudges die hard, and at the Republican National Committee (RNC) meeting this week, some wounds from this year’s contentious election for chairman are being reopened. Jim Greer, chairman of the Florida Republican Party and a key ally of RNC Chairman Michael Steele, is running to head the party’s influential Rules Committee, with Steele’s backing. That doesn’t sit well with some conservatives, who see Greer as a centrist. Former South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, who came in second…

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