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The Florida Senate is backing off a complete ban on child marriage. 

The Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that would set the minimum age to marry at 17. 

The Senate passed a bill last month to prohibit the marriage of anyone under 18 under any circumstance, but the House carved out exceptions for 16- and 17-year-olds when there's a pregnancy. 

Senators Pass Gun Restrictions; House Yet To Act

Mar 6, 2018
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In response to a deadly Florida school shooting last month, the state's Senate narrowly passed a bill that would create new restrictions on rifle sales and allow some teachers to carry guns in schools.

Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

The sponsor of the Florida Senate's bill to combat the state's opioid crisis says it remains a work in progress even after passing its final committee.

Proposed Deal Could End Trauma Battles

Feb 15, 2018
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Legal wrangling over new trauma centers and which hospitals should be allowed to operate them could come to an end under a proposal moving through the Legislature.

Senate Health Policy Chairwoman Dana Young, R-Tampa, said Wednesday the Senate, House and major players in the hospital industry have reached agreement on how to revamp the state’s 26-year old trauma rules.

“We have a deal,” Young told members of the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

Senate Panel Backs School Mental Health Initiative

Feb 15, 2018
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Shortly before a mass shooting at a Broward County high school, a Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that could dedicate more funding to Florida schools for mental health services.

Senate Leaders Press For Change In Hospital Funding

Feb 8, 2018
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A proposal to redistribute hundreds of millions of dollars away from safety-net hospitals and toward increasing base Medicaid payments at all hospitals drew opposition Wednesday in the Florida Senate.

Senators Target Use Of Genetic Information

Feb 7, 2018

With sponsor Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, saying the proposal is about “freedom and privacy,” a Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill that would bar life insurers and long-term care insurers from using customers’ genetic information in decisions about writing or canceling policies.

‘Remote’ Pharmacies Plan Gets Senate OK

Feb 7, 2018

The Senate Health Policy Committee gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a bill that would create in law so-called “remote dispensing site pharmacies” and allow managed-care plans to use them in meeting network adequacy requirements.

Senate Taking Up Florida Forever, Child Marriage

Jan 23, 2018

The Florida Senate on Wednesday is expected to take up a bill that would set aside $100 million a year for the Florida Forever program and a proposal that would place a statue of civil rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune in the U.S. Capitol.

'Certificate Of Need' Repeal Proposed In Senate

Jan 4, 2018

With the House ready to move quickly on the issue, a Senate Republican on Wednesday filed a proposal to repeal the long-controversial “certificate of need” regulatory process for hospitals.

Reporting Proposed For Out-Of-Hospital Birth Problems

Dec 6, 2017

A Senate committee unanimously approved a bill on Tuesday that would require physicians, certified advanced registered nurse midwives and licensed midwives to report to the state “adverse” medical incidents that occur during planned births outside of hospitals.

Panel Approves Change In Optometrist Certification

Dec 6, 2017
Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

The Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow the Florida Board of Optometry to offer practical and written “certification” examinations to applicants.

Fentanyl Crackdown Bill Goes To Gov. Scott

May 7, 2017
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After an impassioned debate over minimum-mandatory sentences, the Florida Senate voted Friday to send a bill to the governor that would impose tough penalties on people convicted of trafficking in fentanyl and related opioid drugs.

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.

‘Stand Your Ground’ Dispute Heads Into Final Day

May 5, 2017

The Florida Senate remained steadfast Thursday in a dispute with the House about a change to the state's “stand your ground” self-defense law.

Deadly Fentanyl Drug Ignites Senate Debate

May 3, 2017

Grappling with a deadly drug scourge across the state, Florida senators Tuesday had an impassioned debate about whether the state should require mandatory-minimum prison sentences for fentanyl trafficking.

Budget Negotiators ‘Bump’ Hospital Funding Issues

May 1, 2017
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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.

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.

'Stand Your Ground’ Change Still In Limbo

Apr 28, 2017

High noon is approaching in a standoff over part of a controversial bill dealing with "stand your ground" self-defense cases.

Suzanne Young

The Florida Senate has passed a bill that would require the state Department of Environmental Protection to promptly notify the public after a pollution spill occurs.

Cannabis Compromise Will Prohibit Smoking

Apr 19, 2017

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.

Dr. Celeste Philip's confirmation process to remain Florida's Surgeon General has completed its first step.

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

Apr 10, 2017
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The House and Senate are in a stand-off, for now, about a controversial bill dealing with “stand your ground” self-defense cases.

'Therapy’ Dog Bill For Children Goes To Gov. Scott

Apr 7, 2017

A bill is headed to Gov. Rick Scott that would allow the use of "therapy" and "facility" dogs in courts to help provide support for children who testify in cases involving child abuse, abandonment or neglect.

Senate Panel Approves Revamped Water Plan

Apr 6, 2017
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A revised measure that seeks to create a "deep" water-storage project south of Lake Okeechobee — and win support from the House and people throughout the Glades region — was overwhelmingly backed Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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.

Hospital Funding Decision A Key In Senate Budget

Mar 30, 2017

A Senate panel Wednesday signed off on an initial health and human-services budget proposal that counts on the federal government approving $607 million for a program that sends money to hospitals.

House, Senate Move Forward On ‘Direct Primary Care’

Mar 22, 2017

With backing from physician groups and small businesses, a Senate panel Tuesday approved allowing "direct primary care" agreements between doctors and patients.

Senate Panel To Consider Fracking Ban

Mar 3, 2017

Just hours after the annual legislative session starts Tuesday, a Senate committee will take up a bill that would ban fracking in Florida.

Sugar Farmers Balk At Selling Land For Reservoir

Feb 7, 2017
U.S. Sugar Corp.

Sugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won't be "willing sellers" to the state.

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