State Capital Briefs: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (EVENING EDITION): TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
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JUDGE BACKS PLAN FOR PEDIATRIC TRAUMA CENTER
An administrative law judge said Tuesday that the Florida Department of Health should approve a proposal to open a pediatric trauma center at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville. The ruling by Judge R. Bruce McKibben came after Wolfson challenged a decision by the Department of Health to reject the proposed trauma center. Under administrative law, McKibben's ruling is a recommended order that will go back to the department for a final decision. If the proposal is ultimately approved, Wolfson would operate the only pediatric trauma center in Northeast Florida. McKibben's ruling said pediatric trauma patients in the region currently are taken to trauma centers at UF Health Jacksonville or UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and then can be moved to Wolfson after stabilization. “It is Wolfson's desire to operate its own pediatric trauma center, thereby obviating the need for a trauma patient to first go to UF Health Jacksonville or Shands before being transferred,” McKibben wrote. “There are times when a delay in transfer can have negative consequences for the patient. The number of such occurrences was not quantified by Wolfson, but Wolfson considers it a significant problem.” The Department of Health must approve the opening of trauma centers and cited deficiencies in the Wolfson application. The administrative case focused on one issue in the application, but McKibben concluded that the application was complete.

PUTNAM KEEPS BIG LEAD IN FUNDRAISING FOR GOVERNOR
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam continued last month to widen his fundraising advantage in the Republican primary for governor, bringing in nearly $1.2 million for his campaign and a closely aligned political committee, newly filed reports show. Putnam raised $571,932 for his campaign in October and $616,235 for the committee known as Florida Grown. In all, the campaign and committee had raised nearly $20.4 million as of Oct. 31. Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican who announced his candidacy for governor in August, raised $278,793 for his campaign account last month and $234,308 for his Florida Leadership Committee. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, also is widely viewed as a possible candidate for governor, though he has not filed to run. His political committee, known as Watchdog PAC, raised $267,200 in October, the reports show.

LEVINE, GRAHAM TOP DEMOCRATIC MONEY CHASE IN OCTOBER
In the month before Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine formally entered the governor's race, a closely aligned political committee raised $963,500, according to newly filed finance reports. Levine, a Democrat, entered the race Nov. 1. But Levine's political committee, known as All About Florida, topped the fundraising efforts of his Democratic opponents in October. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham raised $181,526 for her campaign during the month, while also collecting $165,047 for a political committee known as Our Florida. Winter Park businessman Chris King raised $96,834 for his campaign account during the month and $55,000 for a political committee known as Rise and Lead, Florida. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum raised $80,107 for his campaign account, the reports show.


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11/14/2017

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