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Diaz de la Portilla removes Public Health Trust language from trauma bill

South Florida observers were baffled when a Central Florida lawmaker proposed bill language that would strip the Miami-Dade County Commission of its authority to oversee labor agreements between Jackson Health System and its labor unions.

The provision was tucked into HB 7113 by Rep. John Wood, of Winter Haven. It met opposition from Jackson, the Miami-Dade Public Health Trust, Miami-Dade County and the healthcare employees union. 

Rep. Eddy Gonzalez, R-Hialeah, tried removing the language on the House floor last month, but couldn't muster the votes. A half-dozen lawmakers from Miami-Dade voted to keep the provision, including Rep. Michael Bileca, R-Miami, who sits on the Public Health Trust.

On Thursday, Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, succeeded in removing the provision from HB 7113 by amending the bill on the floor.

The proposal is expected to receive a vote in the Senate Friday. It would still need to return to the House for final passage.

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