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Senate Democrats Prepare to Pick New Leader

October 31, 2017 - 8:00pm
Audrey Gibson and Randolph Bracy

Florida Senate Democrats will vote next week on a replacement for former Sen. Jeff Clemens, who was slated to take over as caucus leader after the 2018 elections but who resigned Friday after admitting an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

Weekly Roundup: Dealing With Drugs

October 27, 2017 - 4:45pm

As states like Florida struggle to combat a drug-addiction blight, President Donald Trump this week said he was doing his part by declaring a long-awaited public health emergency.

Lawmakers Eye Treatment Programs in Opioid Battle

October 25, 2017 - 8:00pm

A combination of short-term intensive treatment beds, long-term outpatient services and medically assisted treatment could be the blueprint for a solution to the opioid epidemic gripping the state, a powerful Senate chairwoman said Wednesday.

Senators Angry at Delays in Medical Marijuana Licenses

October 24, 2017 - 8:15pm

Frustrated senators grilled Florida's pot czar Tuesday, demanding explanations for why his office missed a legislatively mandated deadline to issue new medical-marijuana licenses and why ailing patients are stuck waiting for state-issued ID cards.

Christian Bax, executive director of the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use, blamed one of the delays on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of part of a new law that required health officials to issue 10 new marijuana licenses by Oct. 3.

Weekly Roundup: Free Speech and Middle Fingers

October 20, 2017 - 6:45pm

The anxiety leading up to white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech Thursday at the University of Florida nearly eclipsed the tension on campus, where the alt-right leader struggled to deliver his message amid defiant chants of “Spencer go home!” from an audience dominated by opponents.

Weekly Roundup: New Faces and Tough Issues

October 13, 2017 - 4:45pm

A few new faces, and some familiar ones that sprouted hipster beards over the summer, joined the hubbub in the Capitol for the first week of committee meetings before the legislative session kicks off in January.

Even apart from the newbies this week, a bustling downtown Tallahassee bore a somewhat different aura than it has over the past few years as lobbyists, lawmakers, aides and onlookers prepares red for the 60-day crush looming on the horizon.

$50 Million Sought to Tackle Opioid Epidemic

Lawmakers Hear Grim Picture of Opioid Epidemic

October 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Facing what one expert called “chemical warfare,” a key Senate panel Tuesday began tackling the opioid crisis that has engulfed the nation and state, ripped families apart and created a public health crisis bound to get worse.

Agency Pushed to Give Go-Ahead to Edible Medical Marijuana

October 2, 2017 - 5:30pm

A medical marijuana operator is demanding that the Florida Department of Health develop a regulation so vendors can begin processing and selling edible marijuana products to patients.

In a petition filed Friday, Surterra Florida asked health officials to start a rule-making process involving a new law designed to implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment that legalized medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients.

Weekly Roundup: Democrats Get a Chance to Celebrate

September 29, 2017 - 4:00pm
Annette Taddeo and Jose Felix Diaz

With piles of debris rotting in the Florida sun and rain after Hurricane Irma tattooed much of the state, officials are turning their attention to an even more dire disaster in Puerto Rico.

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