Sarah Mueller

Reporter

skmueller@fsu.edu

Sarah Mueller is the first recipient of the WFSU Media Capitol Reporting Fellowship. She’ll be covering the 2017 Florida legislative session and recently earned her master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Illinois Springfield. Sarah was part of the Illinois Statehouse press corps as an intern for NPR Illinois in 2016. When not working, she enjoys playing her yellow lab, watching documentaries and reading memoirs.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran recently told a Miami television show there’s a “tremendous potential likelihood” some refugees from the Middle East living in Florida are terrorists.

Rep. Ramon Alexander (D-Tallahassee).
Ramon Alexander website

Big Bend lawmakers are asking for more than $100 million for local and regional projects. They include everything from university plans to area infrastructure projects.

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Insurance companies in Florida and home contractors expect to battle over changes to assignment of benefits laws again this session. The rise of lawsuits where contractors are suing insurance companies to get paid and cover attorney fees has both sides arguing they are the only ones who are protecting the homeowner’s interests.

Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) talks Medicaid expansion plans
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Florida could see the position of Secretary of State turn from an appointed position to an elected one. A Fernandina Beach lawmaker filed legislation filed this session to do just that.

A Florida Republican lawmaker wants to create more incentives for people who get welfare to look for work. The legislation passed a House committee Thursday.

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier said insurance companies shouldn’t have to pay attorney fees when contractors sue them over property damage claims. He warned lawmakers this week that if the state doesn’t change its insurance rules, insurance companies will leave the market or raise rates.

The Florida Department of Health is seeking public input this week on a rule for medical cannabis. It’s holding workshops around the state.

United Nations Relief and Works Agency
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Syrian refugees and others are rushing to enter the U.S. while a judge is temporarily blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban. But the uncertainty over whether the suspension will last is causing turmoil for people in Florida.

Florida State Sen. Bill Montford, R-Tallahasee, wants to encourage college students to make a career in education. He's proposing creating a scholarship to help pay for teacher certification.

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Fear has only grown in the week since President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning entry into the U.S. for refugees and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries. Despite the temporary stay by a federal judge in Seattle, Washington, other refugees and legal residents said they're worried they will be the next to lose their chance at the American Dream.

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