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Florida 2020 Legislative Session Preview

Tara Calligan, WGCU
FGCU Politicial Science Professor Roger Green, Ph.D.,(left) and FGCU Politicial Science Professor Peter Bergerson, Ph.D. (right)

Florida lawmakers officially kick off the 2020 state legislative session today. Over the course of the 60-day regular session, legislators will be considering measures that tackle a broad range of issues including teacher pay, abortion access, immigration, criminal justice reforms, the future of the state’s tourism and marketing arm, water resource protection, term limits, firearm regulation and much more.

Lawmakers are facing the additional challenge of a projected $867 million drop in tax revenue over the next two years.  This year’s policy debates are also taking place with a close eye on the upcoming November elections.

We’ll explore what’s at stake and what to expect with Florida Gulf Coast University Political Science Professors Peter Bergerson, Ph.D., and Roger Green, Ph.D.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.