Florida Legislature

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As we enter the fifth week of Florida’s state-lawmaking session, our legislative roundtable series continues in a conversation with State Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, who represents Senate District 23, which covers portions of Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.  In the 2017 legislative session, Sen. Steube successfully championed more bills through the legislative process than any other state lawmaker.

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As Florida legislators kick off week four of this year’s state law-making session, our legislative round table series continues today. We’ll highlight bills that are making significant gains toward passage:  The Florida House voted last week in favor of a constitutional amendment proposal (HJR 7001) that would require supermajorities in both chambers to enact any future increases in taxes or fees.  

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As we enter the third week of Florida’s state-lawmaking session, our legislative roundtable series continues in a conversation with State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, who represents State House District 78.  She also serves as Chair of the House Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee.  R

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As Florida lawmakers convene the second week of the 2018 law-making session, our weekly series of legislative roundtable conversations features a talk with State Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral.  Late last week, the House passed a measure (HB  9) aimed at forcing local governments as well as colleges and universities to comply with federal immigration officials, which would effectively ban so-called “Sanctuary Cities.”  We’ll get Rep. Eagle’s perspective on that effort, and a broad range of other issues including the budget, proposed firearm legislation, environmental restoration and tackling Florida’s opioid crisis.

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Governor Rick Scott visited Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County Oct. 23 to announce a proposed $1.7 billion investment in Florida’s environment next year. That’s a $220 million increase over the current budget. Environmental advocates are celebrating the recommendation, but whether state lawmakers will go along with the governor’s proposals remains to be seen.

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