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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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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.

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More than 70 percent of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment last year to extend property tax exemptions to homes and businesses installing solar energy systems. Now, as lawmakers turn that amendment into law, a short Senate bill is clashing with a larger and more complex House version that introduces dozens of regulations for the solar industry. 

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Among the very few contested seats in Southwest Florida this November is Florida House District 76. In this race, environmental issues like fracking and water quality are playing a big role.


 A fracking bill sponsored by a Southwest Florida lawmaker likely won’t become law yet again this year.