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The Opioid Crisis: New Law Educates on Chiropractic Alternative
Wednesday, 26 June 2019

(Tallahassee, Wednesday, June 26, 2019)  Yesterday, Florida’s new Governor signed into law a bill that is a first step in informing patients about chiropractic care as an alternative to opioid use in controlling pain. CS/HB 451 by Rep. Scott Plakon (R-Longwood) and Sen. Keith Perry (R-Gainesville) requires the Department of Health to develop and publish on its website an educational pamphlet regarding the use of non-opioid alternative treatments. 

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Governor Approves New Law on Hemp/CBD Use and Sale
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
(Tallahassee, Wednesday, June 26, 2019) Florida will now have more clarity in the laws surrounding CBD and Hemp and providers can now sell and use CBD that contains up to .03% THC, comparable to Federal law.  Yesterday, along with 15 other bills, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 1020 by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Orange Park) and Rep. Ralph Massulo, Jr. (R-Beverly Hills), removing hemp from the definition of cannabis and authorizing the sale of CBD oil and other products made from hemp containing up to .03% THC. 
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Legislature Finishes in Overtime, PIP Repeal Dies
Sunday, 05 May 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019, Tallahassee – State lawmakers finished their annual legislative session on Saturday afternoon, one day later than their scheduled on-time adjournment set for Friday. Their extension was necessitated by a requirement they allow a 72-hour “cooling off” period before taking a final vote on their $90-billion budget package negotiation previously agreed to by Senate and House leaders on Wednesday afternoon.
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Major Health Reforms Headed to Governorís Desk
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Tallahassee – Delivering on his promise for transformative health care reform during this year’s session, the Florida House and Senate agreed yesterday to a package of health care bills deemed a priority of House Speaker Jose Oliva (R-Miami). Top billing was given to at least two of the more controversial issues: Relaxing current “Certificate of Need” restrictions regulating the creation of new hospitals and health care facilities, and new provisions aimed at allowing the import of lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada. 
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State Lawmakers Begin Their Final Week
Friday, 26 April 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019, Tallahassee – Legislators are scheduled to wrap-up their annual lawmaking sojourn at the end of this week, assuming they reach agreement on their one required task: approving a state government budget for the coming 2019-20 fiscal year. House and Senate conferees began working though their differences early last week, with the goal of finishing their negotiations by Tuesday of this week, allowing for a required 72-hour “cooling off” period before they can cast their final votes on the plan on Friday.
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