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As we enter the fifth week of Florida’s state-lawmaking session, our legislative roundtable series continues in a conversation with State Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, who represents Senate District 23, which covers portions of Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.  In the 2017 legislative session, Sen. Steube successfully championed more bills through the legislative process than any other state lawmaker.

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live.

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As Florida legislators kick off week four of this year’s state law-making session, our legislative round table series continues today. We’ll highlight bills that are making significant gains toward passage:  The Florida House voted last week in favor of a constitutional amendment proposal (HJR 7001) that would require supermajorities in both chambers to enact any future increases in taxes or fees.  

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As we enter the third week of Florida’s state-lawmaking session, our legislative roundtable series continues in a conversation with State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, who represents State House District 78.  She also serves as Chair of the House Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee.  R

For decades during the 20th Century, the City of Fort Myers dumped lime sludge—a byproduct of the water treatment processes—in Dunbar, a predominately black neighborhood near downtown. Last year, tests were done on the dumpsite and high arsenic levels were discovered. Tuesday, the city council was briefed on an assessment of the site and what options the city has. 

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