State Politics

Gov. Scott wants to replace top insurance regulator

Fred Karlinsky, a lobbyist for the insurance industry, suggested Scott look at Ron Henderson, the deputy insurance commissioner in Louisiana, to replace Kevin McCarty, who heads Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation. Karlinsky has donated $10,000 to the re-election campaigns of Henderson’s boss.

State Politics

Florida senator files major medical-marijuana bill on who can get supply

A proposed 28-page bill sponsored by St. Petersburg Sen. Jeff Brandes, the most far-reaching of its kind by a top legislative leader, seeks to regulate the cultivation, distribution and use of medical marijuana in Florida. Qualified patients could receive as much as a 30-day supply of marijuana from a licensed, regulated facility as long as they were properly examined by a physician, who would have to write a prescription-like recommendation for the drug.

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