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Florida prisoners will have new education opportunities under a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott. 

This week we’re talking with local lawmakers about this year’s legislative session.

Sen. Bill Montford,D-Tallahassee, is flanked by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, and local school district officials as he unveils a testing overhaul bill (3/8/17).
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Senate lawmakers say Florida’s prison system is in a crisis. That’s the consensus after a presentation by Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones. She said she’s having problems recruiting guards. Jones is pushing legislators for pay bumps.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos and his allies have tried to advance an ambitious conservative agenda in the past year, only to have the chamber knock his priorities down. Senator Mike Fasano talks about how he led a push to block a measure aimed a privatizing a number of Florida’s prisons.



Senator Mike Fasano (R- Newport Richey)

James Call, Chief Legislative News Producer