Florida lawmakers are beginning to make headway when it comes to finding a middle ground between the House and Senate gambling plans.

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Florida State University President John Thrasher says he’s feeling optimistic the state's two legislative chambers can reach a budget deal favorable to universities. That’s because lawmakers are choosing to go with the Senate’s proposal to invest more money into higher education, rather than the House’s plan for cuts.

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The Florida House has voted to tear down the so-called liquor wall by a razor-thin margin. It’s a rare issue that doesn’t fall along party lines, giving a brief glimpse into lawmakers’ individual beliefs.

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Florida is the only state in the nation that bars people with a prior felony record from receiving compensation after they were wrongfully incarcerated for a new crime. But, could legislation to allow more people to receive compensation be in trouble with two diverging bills in the House and Senate?

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A proposal allowing Florida Power and Light to charge customers for exploratory natural gas drilling has cleared a key senate hurdle, despite numerous consumer concerns. The company calls the move a hedge against future fuel increases.

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Florida wildlife officials are launching a couple new programs to encourage people to help remove Burmese pythons—one of Florida’s nonnative species.

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Spending offers are flying back and forth between House and Senate leaders.  But Nick Evans reports time is running short on this year’s legislative session.

A bill allowing people to bring their guns to, but not into a courthouse is scheduled to be taken up on the Senate floor Thursday. Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) is the bill’s sponsor.

“This bill would allow a license permit holder to carry their firearm to the entrance of a courthouse, surrender that firearm to law enforcement at the courthouse, go into the courthouse without their firearm, and on the way exiting the courthouse, get their firearm back,” he said.

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Legislation changing local control of Community Redevelopment Agencies is heading to the Florida Senate from the House. But it’s unlikely the Senate will take up the House bill. A similar bill in the Senate died in committee.

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The Florida legislature has a new caucus: lawmakers under 41 years old. 

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2017 Legislative Issues

Florida's legislative session has begun and several issues are expected to arise during this year's lawmaking session.

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban-American elected to Congress and the first congressional Republican to publicly support marriage equality, is retiring next year at the end of her term.

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