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FL Legislative Session Analysis & Response to COVID-19

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As the rapidly evolving situation concerning the COVID-19 outbreak dominates news headlines, the Florida Legislature’s recently closed annual session isn’t getting as much attention as it has in past years. On March 19, state lawmakers passed a $93.2 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. 

The session went into overtime as legislators worked to incorporate coronavirus-related needs into the budget.  However, the pandemic could cost the state billions of dollars in sales tax revenue, which will likely force lawmakers to reconvene for a special session this summer to rework the budget.

We’re joined by Florida Gulf Coast University Political Scientists Peter Bergerson, Ph.D., and Roger Green, Ph.D., to highlight bills that passed this year, bills that didn’t and how lawmakers are responding to the coronavirus.

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.