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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.

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UPDATE: 

Fort Myers incumbent Mayor Randy Henderson won 71% of the vote, automatically winning a third consecutive term. For city council races,  ward 3 incumbent Terolyn Watson and Minnie Jackson advance to a runoff election in November.  In the ward 5 race, Fred Burson and Lydia Lowell-Sherman also advance to a November runoff. 

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At Lee County’s regular commission meeting Tuesday morning, locals used the public comment period to voice their opinions about removing Confederate memorials in public spaces. People spoke for and against the move.

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A state lawmaker wants to make it illegal to leave young children unattended in a car for any length of time in Florida.  The proposal, from Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, is an effort to combat the problem of children dying from heat exposure after being left in a vehicle.

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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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