2018 Legislative Session

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As Florida’s 2018 legislative session begins this week, WGCU is launching a weekly series of legislative roundtable discussions for each Monday edition of “Gulf Coast Live!” throughout the 60-day session.  These conversations are intended to provide an in depth look at the latest developments in the state capitol and how they impact Southwest Floridians.

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A group of Lee County residents met in downtown Fort Myers Tuesday night to stage a mock oil rig spill to draw attention to the risks of fracking and promote the proposed bipartisan legislation that would ban the practice in Florida.


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Women’s issues have dominated headlines in the several months following the national Women’s March on Washington, and in Florida, there are numerous proposed bills dealing with women, their treatment, equality and protection.

The National Organization for Women, or NOW, is a feminist nonprofit organization with 550 chapters across the U.S. The president of Florida NOW is Terry Sanders.

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Bills banning fracking are once again on the House and Senate agendas for the upcoming legislative session in Tallahassee. In light of that, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting a leading researcher on unconventional oil and gas extraction, Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, this week.

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State Lawmakers have completed their first round of five committee weeks leading up to the start of Florida’s 2018 legislative session, which officially kicks off Jan. 9.

That first week of meetings was delayed due to impacts of Hurricane Irma. Lawmakers still have plenty of prep work ahead of them before the session begins, but an idea of what will likely be next year’s hot-button issues is beginning to take shape.