Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2017) – A Florida bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government regulatory schemes unanimously passed its first House committee last week. A coalition of Republican representatives sponsor House Bill 161 (H161). The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance,…

newell-fga_orig   A special interest lobby group and foundation out of Florida just announced that Tom Newell joined their lobbying team. He will travel and correspond with politicians in many states.   Just 2 weeks ago, Rep. Tom Newell abruptly resigned his new term in the Oklahoma Legislature. He had just been sworn in less than 2 weeks earlier. Now the state will have to spend unbudgeted money to run a whole new series of […]

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 8, 2016) – Voters in Florida have approved a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana, taking a big step toward nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition of cannabis in effect. With passage of Amendment 2, qualifying patients in Florida will be able to access marijuana for medical use. With 7.5 millions votes counted, of the…

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 4, 2016) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law Friday that reforms the state’s asset forfeiture laws, but a federal loophole effectively renders even the modest improvements in state law potentially meaningless Sen. Jeffrey Brandes (R) sponsored Senate Bill 1044 (SB1044). As introduced, the legislation would have require criminal prosecution…

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 25, 2016) – A bill expanding the state’s “Right to Try” law by legalizing the limited use of medical marijuana by terminal patients was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott today. Rep. Matt Goetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) sponsored House Bill 307 (HB307). Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming) sponsored a companion bill in the…

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 2, 2016)  – A Florida bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the stage to nullify Obamacare in practice unanimously passed the House today. Rep. Fred Costello introduced House Bill 37 (HB37) in August. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute…

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2016) – A Florida bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the foundation to nullify Obamacare in practice passed out of a final Senate committee today. Sen. Denise Grimsley introduced Senate Bill (SB132) last fall. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance,…

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2016) – Florida voters will have another opportunity to legalize medical marijuana in the state, effectively nullifying federal prohibition of cannabis. According to the organization United for Care, which filed the initiative petition in support of medical marijuana, enough signatures were collected to put a medical marijuana amendment on the ballot…