Florida House Senate move closer on hospital licensing bill

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The Florida Senate is moving closer to a House proposal that would eliminate a requirement that hospitals and other health care facilities show there is a demand for their services before getting licensed to build or expand. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill Thursday that would eliminate the certificates of need for the facilities in two years. Gayle Harrell made major changes in her bill before the vote to get closer to the House position which is a priority for Republican Speaker Jose Oliva. Specialty hospitals wouldve still required the certificate. Investigators said a K 9 officer closed in on Spurlock around the neck with both hands and began to fight with him. Cesar Sayoc briefly sobbed as he entered the plea before a New York federal judge. Though he said he never meant for the devices to explode he conceded he knew they could. In exchange for his guilty plea prosecutors dropped a charge that carried a mandatory life sentence. I was aware of the risk they would explode Sayoc said. broward sheriffs deputies pepper school call near j

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