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Trauma train on life support in Senate, prognosis not good

Sen. Aaron Bean's 135-page bill has been saddled with 250 pages of proposed amendments and so, the sponsor said, it may be time to pull the plug.

"We had a record 57 (amendments),'' said Bean, R-Fernandina Beach. Among them, inserted by some of the busiest lobbyists occupying the Fourth Floor rotunda: provisions to change policy not only on certificate of need for trauma care centers, but dozens of other health care programs from HIV programs to carving out dental care for medicaid reform to tightening regulation on assisted living facilities. 

Bean said early Thursday the bill "may just not come up." In Tallahassee parlance, that's another way of saying it may be loved to death. 

One provision of the bill, that remains a major interest of Senate President Don Gaetz -- which would allow his local county to build a trauma center -- is likely to be added to another bill relating to certificate of need for a nursing home for The Villages.