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Top Issues of the 2017 Legislative Session

The Florida legislature will convene on Tuesday, March 7 for the start of its annual, 60-day session. The top priority is ironing out a state budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. But to get there, lawmakers will have to address dozens of other issues.

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Volunteer Florida is giving money to rural communities in the state. The agency hopes to improve education for youth in early education through high school.

Congressman Matt Gaetz, R-FL, said he wants to turn full control of the Medicaid health insurance over to Florida and the other states. It’s part of Congress’ ongoing debate about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. But Gaetz offered few details.

Rep. Ramon Alexander (speaking) with Rep. Shevrin Jones (left).
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Two House lawmakers want to reduce the chance ex-felons wind up back in prison.  They’re backing measures remove criminal history questions from initial employment and enrollment applications.

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If state lawmakers get their way, patients could soon be able to sue their abortion doctors over emotional distress. But physicians say the plan will worsen Florida’s doctor shortage. For many Florida doctors, medical malpractice complaints are part of the territory. After years of discouraging frivolous lawsuits, legislators are now trying to expose abortion doctors to more litigation.

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A controversial Stand Your ground-related bill is now starting to move in the House.

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Florida lawmakers want to allow law enforcement officers to review their body camera footage before writing a report or making a statement.

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A new CBS-TV reality show series has a Tallahassee connection. One of the fugitives in “Hunted” is a member of a well-known local family.

A perennial battle between the business lobby and trial attorneys is heating up in the Florida Senate.

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Accurate numbers are hard to come by, but state and federal wildlife officials are raising their official estimate of the number of endangered Florida Panthers.

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One of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s top lieutenants says he’s convinced House Speaker Richard Corcoran is running for governor.

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Mahershala Ali won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in Moonlight. NPR's Kelly McEvers spoke to Ali in October about his experience working on the film, which won the Oscar for best picture. This story originally aired on Oct. 21, 2016 on All Things Considered.

One of the very first bills President Trump signed into law this month killed a Securities and Exchange Commission rule meant to promote transparency in countries riddled with corruption. Trump said getting rid of the rule, which required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose overseas royalties and other payments, would bring back jobs and save extraction companies many hours of paperwork and, potentially, hundreds of millions of dollars.

A 19-year-old white man accused of kicking a coat hanger up the rectum of a mentally disabled black teammate received no jail time at his sentencing on Friday.

Former high school football player John R. K. Howard entered a so-called "Alford plea," meaning he maintains his innocence while admitting a judge or jury would likely find him guilty. He was sentenced to probation and community service, and his conviction might be entirely dismissed at a later date.

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