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Telemedicine, Trauma Centers In Play

Trading’s the name of the game as the Legislature winds down into its final days, and hospital trauma centers, medical marijuana and telemedicine are among the cards leaders may deal.

While in-state college tuition for undocumented residents is the biggest issue still in play, the debates on the role of nurse practitioners, rules for  telemedicine and number of hospital trauma centers remain unresolved, The News Service of Florida reports.

One of Senate President Don Gaetz’s top priorities needs to be settled, concerning the legalization of a strain of medical marijuana, the News Service said. He’s backing the bill sponsored in the house by his son, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach.

The session ends May 2.

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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.