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Senate bounces omnibus medical bill back to House, removes telemedicine regulations

The Florida Senate took a slash and burn approach to the medical omnibus House bill on Thursday by removing the regulation of telemedicine and the expansion of nursing responsibilities.

The Senate filed more than 20 amendments to change HB 7113, which passed the House on April 25 with a vote of 74-42. Among those amendments was one by Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, removing language that would regulate telemedicine and allow doctors licensed in other states to administer aid to Florida patients. The measure was far less restrictive than a Senate bill by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Jacksonville, which was amended by Garcia to only allow doctors with Florida licenses to participate. That bill, SB 1646, has since died, save for the unlikely call by the Senate President for an Appropriations Committee meeting on Friday, the last day of session.

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