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It’s been six months and a full legislative session since the Florida Kids Count survey ranked the quality of life for children in the state among the lowest in the country. Now that lawmakers have gone home, what's changed?

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Members of Southwest Florida’s state legislative delegation met with business leaders and local elected officials at a Chamber of Southwest Florida luncheon in Fort Myers Tuesday to discuss the successes and failures of this year’s legislative session, which ended May 8. 

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Florida lawmakers have voted on a plan for how they'll pay out the state's millions of dollars for damages sustained from BP's 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Florida's Secretary of State was originally elected directly by voters, but in 1998, the position was moved out of the Cabinet and became a job appointed by the governor. Now a measure in Tallahassee would once again make the Secretary of State an elected office.

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As with Florida's Amendment 4, the expansion of medical marijuana in Florida was approved by more than 70 percent of voters in November through Amendment 2. And just as Amendment 4's property tax exemptions for solar power saw rules heaped on the bill as it became law, the process of formalizing the medical marijuana amendment has seen major changes from what voters approved at the polls.