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Health News Florida

2013 Legislative Session Underway

The capitol buildings in Tallahassee

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.