Legislation

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Gregory Adkins, superintendent of The School District of Lee County, held a press conference backed by about 50 district employees.

"We demand Governor Rick Scott veto House Bill 7069," he said, standing at a lectern. 

Adkins was referring to contentious legislation that concerns K-12 education in the state. Last month, the district sent a letter to the governor, asking that HB 7069 be vetoed. 

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The stack of proposed bills awaiting Florida legislators include gun laws, water quality provisions, fracking bans, and negotiating gambling rules.With a number of Southwest Florida representatives in leadership positions, our area could exert greater influence than before.

Florida state Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, wants to enhance penalties for crimes committed by,“aliens unlawfully present in the United States.”

Florida lawmakers have filed the first bills of the 2017 legislative session. They’re all what are known as claims bills.

A House committee passed a bill Monday that would ban nearly all abortions in Florida, but even backers of the bill say its chances of passage, or of surviving a court challenge if it became law, likely are slim.

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