Efforts to bolster the use of “telehealth” in Florida could be in jeopardy, as bills remain stuck in House and Senate committees.
Despite narrow approval by a House committee Tuesday, odds remain long that lawmakers will sign off on a gambling proposal that could do away with dog racing, pave the way for Las Vegas-style casinos in South Florida and open the door for slot machines in Lee and Palm Beach counties.
Florida House leaders met behind closed doors Tuesday while Senate leaders held a special hearing in an attempt to agree on Medicaid and finalize a budget as the need for a special session seemed imminent.
Citing frustration with delays in getting non-euphoric cannabis to patients, a Florida Senate panel Thursday pushed forward a revised attempt to create a regulatory framework for the pot industry but did not include changes sought by black farmers who complain they would be shut out of the industry.
A Senate panel approved a bill Tuesday requiring law enforcement agencies to have policies on the proper use of body cameras for officers.
Saying that reform must happen, a Florida House panel on Tuesday pushed forward a plan aimed at increasing oversight of the state’s troubled prison system but stopped short of endorsing an independent commission included in the Senate’s corrections overhaul.
The Florida Senate on Wednesday is set to consider a bill aimed at shoring up the retirement plans for police officers and firefighters, amid worries over the health of local pension systems.
The Florida House and Senate are at odds over the new state budget that is vastly different on both sides.
Charter schools would get more construction funding, class-size penalties would be relaxed and school districts would be encouraged to enact dress codes under a series of education bills approved Friday by the Florida House.
House and Senate leaders are taking divergent approaches to the perennially thorny issue of gambling, with the House vetting a soup-to-nuts gaming measure Thursday even as the Senate pursues negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.