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Immigrant KidCare Plan Unlikely

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

When the Legislative session resumes next week, bills targeting speed limit increases, juvenile sentencing and medical tourism will head to floor votes in both chambers, the News Service of Florida reports.

One bill that likely won’t make it, however, would extend subsidized health insurance to the state’s youngest legal immigrants, according to the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. The bill passed in the Senate but stalled in the House, primarily because of its initial $27.5 million price tag.

Rep. José Félix Díaz, one of the bill’s sponsors, is fighting to have the measure included in the state budget before the session ends May 2, the bureau reports.

Also, an Associated Press review of bills showed that House members in both parties want to use the state’s $1.2 billion budget surplus toward hometown projects such as gun ranges, a military museum and $200,000 to teach Florida students about abstinence and "sexual risk avoidance."

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.