THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
Senate Education Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill will not return before the end of the regular legislative session as she undergoes another round of radiation treatment.
Hukill, who has been a member of the Florida Senate since 2012, after serving eight years in the House, is recovering from surgery for cervical cancer that was diagnosed as she was running for re-election last year.
In a letter Monday to Senate President Joe Negron, Hukill, R-Port Orange, said tests show no remaining cancer and that her physicians are optimistic of a cancer-free full recovery.
“I was hoping that would signal the end of my treatment and I would be able to return to Tallahassee for the remainder of the 2017 legislative session,” Hukill wrote.
“Unfortunately, my physicians are now recommending that they do one more round of radiation treatments in an abundance of caution.”
Negron, in a letter to the Senate that expressed confidence in Hukill’s recovery, said physicians recommend that Hukill avoid travel during this course of treatment.
“As such, Sen. Hukill is excused for the remainder of the 2017 regular session,” Negron wrote. “She will continue to manage her district offices, staff, bills, and committee responsibilities remotely during this time.”