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Abortion etc.: Time to pay attention

From women's health to workers' comp, today holds a raft of issues up for grabs. It follows a day that saw a slew of other health issues live or die.

It's that time in the Legislative session where, if you snooze, you lose. Some bills are dying from outright no-votes, but more die from neglect, falling through cracks between committees.

The fun starts at 12:30 in Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability, where the committee will review proposals to overhaul the Department of Health. Then at 3:30 comes Senate Health Regulation, which deals with a host of health issues from abortion to doctors' profits from repackaging drugs in workers' compensation cases.

If you're in Tallahassee, you can watch on TV. But if, like me, you're elsewhere in Florida, catch it online at The Florida Channel ( www.TheFloridaChannel.org).

Tuesday's House Appropriations Committee debate on state workers' drug-screening was some of the best I've heard in years, thoughtful and well-reasoned. Representatives could disagree with one another without making personal attacks.

Let's see if the same civility applies today.

--Health News Florida is an independent online publication dedicated to public-service journalism. Contact Editor Carol Gentry at 727-410-3266 or by e-mail.