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February 2018 Edition
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Legislative Roundup: What You Need to Know 

Medical Marijuana 
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is working on a bill to loosen federal restrictions on medical marijuana research and end the Department of Veterans Affairs’ long-standing “gag rule” on alerting veterans about medical marijuana research trials near them.

Opioid Update
Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto considered her controlled substance/opioid legislation in the Senate Rules Committee. This is a big priority for Governor Rick Scott and proposes to limit initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain to 3 days and 7 days if medically necessary. It passed unanimously and was followed by comments that she is continuing to work with stakeholders to address specific concerns, possibly with carveouts, that relate to patients that have suffered traumatic injuries or undergone major surgeries. 
 

House Tax Package
In total, the House tax package is about $350 million. Items included range from disaster preparedness days, a .3% reduction for business rent tax, as well as a proposed 10-day sales tax holiday in August where shoppers would not pay taxes on school supplies and clothes. It also includes a new source of money for one of the nation's largest private school voucher programs. Additionally, the House tax package does not include Gov. Scott’s call to cut the fees charged to get a driver’s license in our state.

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Avow 
Stars and Stripes- Iraq POW Jessica Lynch Shares Her Story at Avow Fundraiser

Community Hospice & Palliative Care 
Hospice Center Opens in Columbia County

Cornerstone Hospice
Loved Ones Remain "Forever in Our Hearts" 

Chapters Health 
Chapters Offers Camp for Grieving Children 

Halifax Health 
Halifax Health and AccessOne Partner to Give Patients Affordable Option to Pay for Care

Hope Healthcare Hospice
Friends of Hope Committee Raises $91,000 for Hospice Care in Bonita Springs

LifePath | Chapters 
Dying Teen to Get 1 Last Wish: Marry High School Girlfriend 

Suncoast Hospice | Empath Health
Celebrating Our History of Partnership and Care
Tidewell Hospice 
Tidewell Hosts Sold Out Signature Luncheon With Guest Speaker Will Reeve 

Treasure Health 
Cabot's Gratitude Grill Pays it Forward with Visit to Treasure Healths Fort Pierce Office 

Trustbridge 
Hospice of Broward County Foundation Welcome Six New Board Members 

VITAS
VITAS Healthcare Opens Hospice Services At Chapman Global Medical Center In Orange County 

VNA Hospice of Indian River
Lisa Sellers is VNA Associate of the Year 

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Crowe Horwath 
Fortune Names Crowe Horwath to its Best Companies to Work for List


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Education

Volunteer Management Series Expanding Volunteer Services Outside the Box
When: March 1st
Where: Online

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Leadership Series: Driving Results in the Face if Change
When: March 8th 
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Volunteer Manager Series: Asserting Your Value as a Volunteer Manager
When: March 15th
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Palmetto GBA
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FY 202 Requirements Fact Sheet

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