Capital Report: 04-01-2014

Apr 1, 2014

After an information leak last year, lawmakers want a better way to decide who gets to access a state database tracking prescribing practices. Regan McCarthy reports some say law enforcement should need a warrant before looking at the list, but others say that’s a bitter pill to swallow.

Florida lawmakers have been weighing how to regulate telemedicine—generating debate between doctors’ groups and other healthcare providers. The House has been moving its telehealth proposal along, but as Lynn Hatter reports, the Senate version of the bill had its first hearing Tuesday.

Governor Rick Scott signed four sex offender bills into law today during a public ceremony at the Capitol.  As Nick Evans reports, the event brought together a number of Republican lawmakers to show off the first bills passed by this year’s legislature.

A measure to revamp the state’s juvenile life sentencing laws passed the full House Tuesday. Sascha Cordner reports.

The Florida Senate is set to vote on a bill meant to encourage development of contaminated areas known as brownfields. As Jessica Palombo reports, the measure adds to the tax incentives already offered by giving developers further protection from being sued.

Yesterday, Stan Jastrzebski had a story about plans to boost Florida tourism by spotlighting the state’s African-American cultural sites.  During that discussion at the legislature, the bill’s sponsor noted Florida already markets itself to other specialty tourism markets.  Today (Tuesday), her point was borne out as the House Finance and Tax Subcommittee debated the merits of spending more to position the state as a medical tourism destination.  Stan has the latest on that.