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Capitol: Eye War Over?

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

State senators voted unanimously for a bill that would expand prescribing powers for optometrists, the Associated Press reports. If the bill is signed into law, it would end a decades-long battle between optometrists and ophthalmologists. 
In other legislative news: 

  • A measure that would end the insurance coverage disparity between oral and IV cancer drugs passed in the Senate without opposition, the Miami Herald reports.
  • A requirement that an infant born during a botched abortion be transported to a hospital was unanimously approved by a House committee, the Palm Beach Post reports.
  • A ban on Internet cafes, which would also shutter senior arcades, passed the Senate, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. A similar bill passed in the House next week, and now the measure is headed to Gov. Rick Scott. 


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