Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith

Tulane Public Relations

The Florida House has approved a plan to give bonuses to teachers and principals.  But critics take issue with handing out money based on test scores that are sometimes decades old.

Greyhounds racing
Rainer Hungershausen

Florida is one of the few states where greyhounds continue to race. While some are pushing for the end of the practice, others counter the industry helps ensure the dogs are well cared for. Now  lawmakers are looking into a measure intended to create more protections for the animals.

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Sen. Gary Farmer's twitter

Following last year’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub and this year’s at the Fort Lauderdale airport, some Republican lawmakers are showing even more support for open carry-related bills. But, a gun coalition as well as some Democratic lawmakers are countering those pro-gun bills with measures of their own.

MGN Online

Over the summer, the Pulse Nightclub tragedy garnered national attention as the worst mass shooting in modern American history. And, while it’s certainly influenced the lives affected by the massacre, the incident is also influencing legislative issues for the 2017 session.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Among the newest members of the Florida Legislature is Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando), the state’s first openly gay Latino lawmaker. Educational issues regarding minorities and LGBT youth are among his top priorities.