Legislative Committee Week 3
Health Care News & Updates
October 21-25
House Health Policy
Briefing on Vaping by Dr. Scott Rivkees, State Surgeon General, Florida Department of Health
Briefing on Lung Damage Caused by Vaping by Dr. Andras Koor, Chair, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic

Passage of the following legislation:
House Business & Professions
Discussion of Vaping, Nicotine Dispensing Devises and Florida's Regulation of Tobacco Products
Legislative Headline NEWS
Florida will need to provide $76 million in fiscal 2021 to replace expiring federal grant funding for opioid medication-assisted treatment programs, a Senate health care panel learned Wednesday.

Costs could increase for opioid fight (TV - Jacksonville (WJXT))
If the state wants to continue efforts at current levels to curb opioid abuse, it will need to find about $76 million, members of a Senate health-care spending panel were told Wednesday.

Bill would allow smoking bans in parks (TV - Jacksonville (WJXT))
A Senate Republican filed a proposal Wednesday that would allow cities and counties to restrict smoking in public parks

Despite the spread of vaping-related illnesses, Florida's top health official told legislators the state isn't taking dramatic steps at this time to address the issue.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Girls under the age of 18 would need a parent or guardian's consent before getting an abortion under a bill now headed to the full Florida House. The House Health and Human Services Committee approved the bill Tuesday. It's the b...

Pinellas and Pasco counties are starting to see significant declines in the number of hepatitis A cases that are being diagnosed each month, the state's surgeon general told a panel of senators on Tuesday.

With two prospective marijuana legalization measures vying for space on the November 2020 ballot, another poll of likely voters has confirmed there is strong bipartisan support for allowing adult recreational use in Florida.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The commission investigating last year's Florida high school massacre wants the legislature to overhaul the state's mental health system, requiring better coordination between providers and law enforcement. The Marjory Stonem...

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually increase Florida's minimum wage to $15 an hour are on the verge of submitting enough petition signatures to get on the November 2020 ballot.

In a case stemming from a woman's lung-cancer death, an appeals court Friday urged the Florida Supreme Court to look again at whether the state has a medical-malpractice insurance "crisis" that justifies limiting damages in certain lawsuits.