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2013 Legislative Session Underway

The capitol buildings in Tallahassee
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Lawmakers are in Tallahassee today to start the 2013 Legislative session, which will take up a slew of health issues, the Miami Herald reports.

In addition to Medicaid expansion, lawmakers will also consider:

  • Regulations on generics as a substitute for biological brand name drugs
  • Prescribing power for optometrists (an ongoing issue in the Legislature for more than 30 years)
  • Greater ability for nurse practitioners to treat patients

 Two lawmakers are reviving a bill that would outlaw nearly all abortions, the News Herald reports. An identical bill never got a hearing during last year’s session. 

Meanwhile, an Orlando TV station backed out of its agreement to air the “Should Grandma Smoke Pot?” infomercial after last week’s drama surrounding a disabled couple who were busted for pot after lobbying in Tallahassee in support of medical marijuana, the Broward Palm Beach News Times reports.  The next day, a lawmaker filed Florida’s first comprehensive bill dealing with medical marijuana. 

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.