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There’s been a lot of talk about Zika this week and how Congress could help combat the mosquito-borne disease through funding. Florida Governor Rick Scott and other stakeholders even traveled to Washington D.C., hoping a deal could be struck to fund the effort. So far, there are a number of proposals already on the table, including a bipartisan effort by Florida’s two Senators.

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There are now 90 people designated as “Great Floridians.” That’s after Governor Rick Scott added another designee Tuesday.

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For the second time, Governor Rick Scott has ceremonially signed into law a bill making sure the spouses of fallen law enforcement and first responders receive full death benefits.

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WFSU's Sascha Cordner sat down with Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones, who has been in her role for more than a year now. Previously, she led the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. She’s now the fourth Prison Chief appointed by Governor Rick Scott as well as the first female to have the role. She’s taken over a troubled agency and is in the process of continuing to implement prison reforms as well as find ways to continue to change her agency’s image.

Hear Part 1 of our conversation below. Stay tuned to next week's Capital Report to hear Part 2.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a measure into law allowing the surviving spouses of law enforcement or first responders killed in the line of duty to receive a proper death benefit.

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The construction of the Florida Holocaust Memorial is one step closer to becoming reality. That's among 20 bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law Wednesday.

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A new Florida law allows the state to pay for the reburial of boys’ remains found on the grounds of the now-defunct Dozier School for Boys as well as helps take care of the unclaimed remains.  Some stakeholders are now looking toward next steps associated with the new law.

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Under a new law, a concealed weapons license is now an acceptable form of identification for Florida voters to present at the polls.

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Families who want to rebury their loved ones who initially were buried at the now-closed Dozier School for Boys will be reimbursed, after Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law doing just that.  That’s the Panhandle school associated with a history of alleged abuse.

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Now that the Governor’s signed it, a bill reforming mental health within Florida’s criminal justice system will become law in a few months. Some advocates say it’s been years in the making.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a number of measures into law, including one aimed at helping address Florida’s backlog of untested rape kits. It’s a major priority for Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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Some Florida officials are speaking out against Tuesday’s Brussels attack that Belgian officials say left more than 30 people dead as well as hundreds of wounded.

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The Statewide Human trafficking council welcomed its newest member Monday. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi—who leads the group—introduced the person chosen to replace the former head of the state Department of Health Dr. John Armstrong.

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Among the many bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law last week is a measure expunging the criminal records of certain juvenile offenders.

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As a number of criminal justice issues continue to move in the Florida Legislature, others may be dead this session. That includes a Senate effort to build on past prison reforms.

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Governor Rick Scott signed a number of bills into law Wednesday. Among them are a pair of gun-related bills that have the backing of law enforcement and gun rights groups.

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The family of Corey Jones is advocating on behalf of a body cameras bill making its way through the Florida Legislature. Jones is the South Florida man killed by a plainclothes police officer months ago.

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A bill seeking a three percent pay raise for state employees unanimously passed its first Senate panel Monday. And, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are mulling over the issue as well.

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Just off the heels of Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet receiving their final report on the Dozier School for Boys, another Florida Governor is throwing his weight behind reburial efforts in the form of two bills that passed Tuesday.

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The head of the Florida Department of Corrections says she’s asking the legislature for more funds to hire more correctional officers to help with the understaffing problem. And, Governor Rick Scott says he’s backing her amended legislative request.

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A convicted serial killer is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday afternoon.

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There are more than 13,000 untested rape kits in Florida. That’s according to a $300,000 assessment surveying law enforcement crime labs, announced Monday. Getting those bits of DNA tested has been a major focus for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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Some Florida lawmakers are looking to fix what they call an outdated law related to saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” in schools.

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Governor Rick Scott wants the state legislature to approve more than $80 million to help Florida’s prison system, and the state’s prison chief says it’s needed.

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Governor Rick Scott’s $79 billion  spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year echoes proposals of old—tax cuts for businesses, and more money for economic development. But  he’s also doubling down on his bid to get more money for his main job creation agency, Enterprise Florida.

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