Task force, state pursue solutions to opioid epidemic as death toll grows

Last month, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Homes Task Force, gave an update on the county’s opioid crisis at the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. This month, Gov. Rick Scott and state Attorney General Pam Bondi announced plans to solicit feedback from the public…

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Florida gambling bills with billions at stake are likely to come down to session wire

The Florida House stripped the Senate’s gambling bill and passed its own Wednesday, signaling the two chambers will likely have to negotiate a compromise during the session’s final weeks. The Senate bill’s sponsor, Sen. Bill Galvano, said “timing is not yet determined” for negotiations. But if they can reach an agreement, the state stands to gain…

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Medical marijuana doctors gain approvals, await next steps

More than 600 Florida physicians, including 32 in metro Orlando, can now recommend medical marijuana to patients, but many have questions, and some are holding off until state rules for the emerging industry are clarified. Orlando glaucoma specialist Javier Perez completed the eight-hour course required for state licensing about a month ago. As…

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Rollout of better cellphone, wireless service coming

Cellphone dead zones, dropped calls, website pages that load very, very, very, very slowly … one day soon, communications companies say, those frustrations will be as outdated as landline telephones. Customers are straining the wireless network with smartphones in their hands, tablets in their briefcases, smartwatches on their wrists and a growing “Internet…

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Galvano’s Comprehensive Gaming Bill Now Ready for Prime Time

The Senate’s comprehensive gaming package, Senate Bill 8, today passed the Committee on Appropriations and is ready to go to the Senate floor when the 2017 legislation begins March 7. The bill would regulate online fantasy sports and allow the state to buy out active gaming permits in exchange for new slots licenses….

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Sober homes, human trafficking focus of Alliance of Delray meeting

As Palm Beach sheriff’s Capt. Eric Coleman scoured through the approximately 1,300 overdose reports that deputies responded to in 2016, he learned a 19-year-old named Joey was the youngest person to die. Coleman told an audience Wednesday at the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations meeting that he spoke with Joey’s dad, who said…

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Expansion of gambling in South Florida may be in the cards

South Florida is being dealt a new hand under a bill being proposed by the Florida Senate. If the new gambling legislation filed Thursday by state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, passes, South Florida could have two new casinos, the seven racetrack casinos already here would get blackjack, and the Seminole casinos would get…

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Pam Bondi continues focused on eradicating opioid addiction

Since first taking office in 2011, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has lead the charge on removing illicit drugs from the streets of Florida. Bondi launched her efforts with the penning of an executive order outlawing the destructive chemical MDPV or “bath salts” and has worked with Republican-led Florida legislature to outlaw over…

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