Florida Senate

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
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.

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
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.

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
WMFE

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
Amy Green / WMFE

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.

DCF Seeks Answers After Teen’s Suicide

Feb 7, 2017

Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll told a Senate panel Monday that the agency is looking at why services were not effective in preventing the death last month of foster child Naika Venant, who hanged herself and broadcast it on social media.

Gun Issues Command Attention In Tallahassee

Jan 11, 2017
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In the wake of mass shootings at an Orlando nightclub and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, the gun-control debate intensified Tuesday with Democratic lawmakers filing legislation to try to improve gun safety while an appeals court heard arguments about local-government gun ordinances.

Diapers, Baby Wipes Could Get Tax Breaks

Jan 6, 2017
Adam Weatherly / Flickr

Two Democratic lawmakers have filed proposals that would provide sales-tax exemptions for diapers and baby wipes.

Senate Panel Ready To Wade Into Lake Okeechobee Issues

Jan 2, 2017
NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY

Focusing on a priority of Senate President Joe Negron, a Senate panel in January will receive a series of presentations about polluted water discharges from Lake Okeechobee and efforts to restore the Everglades.

Key Senate Committees Will Look At Medicaid Issues

Jan 2, 2017

Two major Florida Senate panels will take up Medicaid issues when lawmakers return to Tallahassee in January for committee meetings, according to agendas posted online.

Negron Eyes Changes To Medicaid

Dec 21, 2016

With Donald Trump moving into the White House and Republicans controlling Congress, Florida Senate President Joe Negron said Tuesday he wants to start working on a "framework" for how the state could move forward with major changes in the Medicaid program.

State Senator Proposes ‘Tampon Tax’ Exemption

Dec 16, 2016

A Senate Republican on Thursday filed a proposal that would create a sales-tax exemption on the sale of feminine hygiene products — part of a broader move in states to end what has become known as the "tampon tax."

Senate Panel Digs Into Medicaid Long-Term Care

Dec 15, 2016

With a major nursing-home group looking for changes, a Senate panel Wednesday began delving into part of the Medicaid program that involves seniors enrolling in managed-care plans.

Lawmakers To Look At Workers’ Comp Issues

Dec 7, 2016

Preparing for what likely will be a difficult debate during the 2017 legislative session, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee next week will start delving into workers' compensation insurance issues.

Senators Will Look At Implementation For Medical Marijuana

Dec 6, 2016

About a month after Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment to broadly legalize medical marijuana, a Senate panel next week will start looking at how to carry out the requirement.

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