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Coronavirus Has Not Been Found In Florida

The coronavirus has not been found in any people who have traveled to Florida recently from the area of China where an outbreak of the respiratory illness began, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday.

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Several Florida students are continuing a legal fight over climate change inaction. They're suing the governor and other state lawmakers for not doing enough about climate change. They claim their future is in jeopardy.

Parental Consent Bill Advances In Senate On Roe V. Wade Anniversary

Jan 23, 2020

A Senate panel on Wednesday split along party lines as Republicans pushed through a bill that would require teenage girls to get consent from their parents before having abortions.

A new study from the University of South Florida shows federal data on fatal overdose rates underestimates which drugs caused the deaths.

The National Weather Service routinely warns people about falling rain, snow and hail, but temperatures are dropping so low in South Florida the forecasters are warning residents about falling iguanas.

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Wuhan's public health authorities say they are in a "state of war" as they quarantine the Chinese city in an attempt to halt the spread of a never-before-seen strain of coronavirus.

"Strictly implement emergency response requirements, enter into a state of war and implement wartime measures to resolutely curb the spread of this epidemic," urged a committee of Wuhan's top officials. "Homes must be segregated, neighbors must be watched."

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Sunscreen Bill Moves Forward In House

Jan 22, 2020
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With the full Senate ready to take up the issue, a House panel Tuesday approved a bill that would block local governments from regulating over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics.

The issue centers on a decision by Key West to ban certain types of sunscreen because of concerns that two chemicals --- oxybenzone and octinoxate --- used in the products could damage coral reefs. But House sponsor Spencer Roach, R-North Fort Myers, said there is not “conclusive” evidence that the chemicals are damaging coral reefs.

Senate Panel Supports Age Increase For Tobacco, Vaping Purchase

Jan 22, 2020
A ban on workplace vaping is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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Florida would tighten tobacco and vaping regulations as smoking, chewing tobacco and using electronic cigarettes would be off limits for anyone under age 21, under a bill that started moving forward Tuesday in the Senate. 

Florida GOP Push To Permanently Pass Medicaid Enrollment Change

Jan 22, 2020

A Senate health panel on Tuesday split along party lines as Republicans pushed through a measure to permanently eliminate a 90-day period that seniors and disabled people previously had to apply for Florida's Medicaid program. 

Moffitt Cancer Center Would Get More Cigarette Tax Funding Under Bill

Jan 22, 2020
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A Senate health care committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would increase funding for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute by giving the center a larger share of the state’s cigarette tax collections. 


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