Legislation

A bill on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk would empower state health officials to develop new procedures for establishing quarantines.  There’s less than a week left to decide on the public health emergencies bill.

Experimental Drug Bill Awaits Scott Action

Jun 1, 2015

The Florida House this week sent a bill (HB 269) to Gov. Rick Scott that would allow terminally ill patients to have access to experimental drugs.

The bill, filed by Rep. Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota, drew significant discussion during this year's regular legislative session, with Pilon and other supporters saying it could help people with diseases such as cancer.

The bill focuses on drugs that have been through what is known as "phase 1" of a clinical trial but have not been approved for general use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Drug Database Could Get State Funding

Jun 1, 2015

A House budget bill would allow tax dollars to be used next year to administer the state's prescription-drug database, after years of debate about the issue.

The proposal, which would be in effect only for the 2015-16 fiscal year, is included in what is known as a budget "implementing" bill (HB 3A). That bill, along with the overall budget, will be considered during a special legislative session that starts Monday.

Senate President Andy Gardiner is calling for transparency and accountability on Amendment 1 as the Legislature prepares to reconvene next week in a special session.

His comments come as environmentalists plan rallies statewide tomorrow, including in Orlando and Melbourne.

There’s a campaign underway urging Governor Rick Scott to veto a controversial abortion bill now delivered to his desk requiring a woman wait 24 hours before having an abortion.

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