Sunday, August 18, 2019
More than 120 Republican members of Congress signed the letter including U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., John Rutherford, R-Fla., Greg Steube, R-Fla., and Ted Yoho, R-Fla.
Gov. Rick Scott announced that Gov. Kay Ivey, R-Ala.,  and Gov. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., have authorized pharmacies in their states to offer prescription refills to Floridians still recovering from the hurricane.
Scott announced last week that he was joining more than 45 Senate Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, to back U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse’s, R-Neb., “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” and noted that he signed similar legislation into law back in 2013 when he was governor. 
Gaetz and Soto had championed a similar proposal last year and got it through the U.S. House Judiciary Committee which the Panhandle Republican sits on. 
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum was able to get the provision included during the U.S House Appropriations Committee markup of the Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill which passed on a voice vote. Congress is expected to pass the minibus before adjourning. 
Founded in 1992, HUD’s HOPWA Program offers grants to state and local governments and nonprofits for housing assistance and support to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. 
Hastings showcased his “Restoring the Partnership for County Health Care Costs Act" on Monday. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., is cosponsoring the proposal. 
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Patronis and Flores teamed up on Tuesday to highlight her bill which would make employers offer insurance and death benefits for firefighters diagnosed with cancer. This bill has been in the Legislature the past three sessions but the various bills did not cross the finish line.  
Mayfield has filed a bill “to amend the definition of Tobacco Products in Florida Statute to include all recreational nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine" which “will align the definition of these products with Federal law as outlined by The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.”