Florida Legislature

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Scientists with Mote Marine Laboratory will begin a yearlong effort this summer to restore about 25,000 corals in the Florida Keys.  State lawmakers approved a $500,000 appropriation for the project in this year’s state legislative session.

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A new Florida law has captured headlines across the country. It allows any resident of a Florida county to challenge the classroom materials used in that county’s public schools, regardless of whether they are the parent or guardian of a student. The bill was drafted by Naples’ Rep. Byron Donalds, who joins Gulf Coast to talk about why he feels the new law is necessary.

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Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved a work plan in June that prioritizes several projects aimed at buying, conserving and managing environmentally sensitive land in Southwest Florida. 

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Governor Rick Scott signed a measure into law Tuesday, named for a Cape Coral teen who was killed when a driver did not yield to a stopped school bus. 

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Lawmakers left Tallahassee after a three-day special session earlier this month that saw resolutions on medical marijuana, education spending, budgets, and more. Today on Gulf Coast Live, Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R-Fort Myers/Estero) joins the show to review how his bills fared this year, and the decisions that defined the 2017 session of the Florida legislature.

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