Florida House of Representatives

Legislature At Odds Over Fentanyl Sentencing

May 5, 2017

The House on Thursday rejected a Senate plan to give judges more leeway in sentencing people convicted of fentanyl trafficking.

House Approves Medical Marijuana Measure

May 3, 2017

The state would have more than a dozen pot operators — with unlimited retail locations — under a proposal overwhelmingly approved by the Florida House on Tuesday.

Legislature Moving Closer On Marijuana Plan

May 1, 2017

Eligible patients would not have to wait 90 days to get medical marijuana if doctors recommend the treatment, under a compromise measure ready for a House vote just days before next Friday's end of the annual legislative session.

Budget Negotiators ‘Bump’ Hospital Funding Issues

May 1, 2017
Michael Rivera

Florida budget leaders will have to decide how to structure about $651 million in Medicaid cuts for hospitals and also will grapple with issues such as how much money nursing-home residents should keep each month for personal needs.

House Approves Trauma System Changes

May 1, 2017
JusticeSolutions.org

With little discussion, the House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would change criteria for approval of new trauma centers in the state.

The House voted 93-24 to support the measure, sponsored by Rep. Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City. Hospitals and the Florida Department of Health in recent years have repeatedly tangled in legal battles about whether new trauma centers should be allowed to open.

Hospital Medicaid Cuts Expected To Top $650 Million

May 1, 2017

House and Senate negotiators have agreed to reduce Medicaid hospital rates by about $651 million, though details of the structure of the cuts still need to be finalized.

House Ready To Approve Trauma Care Changes

Apr 27, 2017
JusticeSolutions.org

The Florida House could vote as soon as Friday to approve changes to criteria for opening new trauma centers, after years of legal battling about the approval of trauma facilities.

House Approves Bill Cracking Down On Sober Homes

Apr 27, 2017
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A crackdown on sober home corruption took a big step forward on Wednesday after House members unanimously voted to pass a bill strengthening the state's role in prosecuting criminal and regulatory violations.

House Revamps Trauma Care Plan

Apr 25, 2017
JusticeSolutions.org

A key House committee Monday scaled back a plan that would have eliminated a limit on the number of trauma centers in the state — but the panel sought to ensure that a disputed Jacksonville-area trauma center can keep its doors open.

Medical Marijuana Bill Headed To Full House

Apr 25, 2017

A House medical-marijuana plan sponsored by Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues is ready for a floor vote after a key committee approved the proposal (HB 1397) late Monday afternoon.

Juvenile Records Bill Ready For House Floor

Apr 21, 2017

Legislation approved Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee would help juveniles expunge their arrest records after they complete diversion programs for misdemeanor offenses.

State Could Scrap Auto Insurance Law

Apr 20, 2017
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Florida may change the kinds of auto insurance drivers must purchase.

House Targets Workers’ Comp Rates

Apr 20, 2017

Nearly a year after a Florida Supreme Court ruling rocked the state's workers' compensation insurance system, the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at holding down insurance rates for businesses.

House Approves ‘Certificate Of Need’ Repeal

Apr 20, 2017
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The Florida House on Wednesday easily passed a bill that would eliminate a controversial regulatory process for the approval of new hospitals.

Cannabis Compromise Will Prohibit Smoking

Apr 19, 2017
Associated Press

Florida patients may be able to vape or munch on medical-marijuana products but they almost certainly won't be allowed to light up joints or take bong hits, under a compromise being worked on by House and Senate leaders.

House Set To OK ‘Certificate Of Need’ Repeal

Apr 19, 2017

The House could vote as early as Wednesday to repeal the "certificate of need" regulatory process for building hospitals, an issue backed by House Republican leaders and Gov. Rick Scott.

House Backs Scott In State Attorney Lawsuit

Apr 18, 2017
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Intensifying an already emotionally and racially charged debate, the Republican-dominated state House intends to file a friend-of-the-court brief backing Gov. Rick Scott's ouster of a Central Florida state attorney from nearly two dozen death-penalty cases.

House, Senate At Odds Over ‘Stand Your Ground’ Change

Apr 10, 2017
WMFE

The House and Senate are in a stand-off, for now, about a controversial bill dealing with “stand your ground” self-defense cases.

Florida could begin issuing what's essentially a fetal death certificate to women who have had miscarriages.

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The Florida House wants to fight opioid addiction by placing new restrictions on how doctors prescribe painkillers.

House Backs ‘Stand Your Ground’ Shift

Apr 6, 2017

A bill that would shift a key burden of proof in "stand your ground" cases was approved Tuesday by a divided House, with Republicans saying it would restore the intent of the controversial self-defense law and Democrats arguing it would increase gun violence.

House Ready To Move On ‘Stand Your Ground’

Apr 2, 2017
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After senators quickly approved the proposal, the Florida House could be poised to pass a bill that would shift a key burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases.

Direct Primary Care Easily Passes House

Mar 31, 2017
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The Florida House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would clear the way for doctors and patients to enter into "direct primary care" agreements.

Patients are coming out in opposition to plans in the Florida House to implement a medical marijuana amendment.

House Panel Pushes Forward On Medical Marijuana

Mar 29, 2017
WMFE

Pledging that it is only a start, a Florida House panel gave a thumbs-up Tuesday to a medical-marijuana proposal castigated by supporters of a constitutional amendment that legalized cannabis for a broad swath of patients with debilitating conditions.

House Panel Backs Revamping State Trauma System

Mar 28, 2017
JusticeSolutions.org

After years of hospital-industry legal battles about opening new trauma centers, a House panel Monday approved a bill that would repeal limits on the numbers of trauma facilities across the state.

House Pushes Changes In Employee Health Insurance

Mar 23, 2017

In an issue long backed by Republican leaders, the House on Thursday likely will approve a proposal (HB 7007) that would revamp the health-insurance program for state employees.

Pro-Gun Measures Pass House Panel

Mar 16, 2017
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The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday supported, in near party-line votes, two proposals backed by gun-rights supporters.

Lawmakers Support Medical Marijuana Research

Mar 15, 2017
WMFE

A House budget panel Tuesday approved a proposal that would send $2.462 million to the University of Florida for research about issues such as the effectiveness of medical marijuana in treating patients.

Workers’ Comp Bill Passes First Test In House

Mar 15, 2017

After a fierce debate about attorney fees, a House panel Tuesday moved forward with a proposal that would make key changes in the workers' compensation insurance system.

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