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A bill aimed at teaching Florida students about the dangers of human trafficking passed its first Senate panel Monday.

The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee with Sen. Rob Bradley presiding.
Nick Evans

A Senate panel has approved a plan to appropriate new dollars for the St. Johns River and Florida’s springs.  But the proposal could wind up vying for funding with a beach restoration measure.

Nick Evans

The medical marijuana company Surterra Therapeutics is urging state health regulators to take steps to allow edible cannabis treatments.  But the roll out for those rules could still be far off on the horizon.

Florida Channel

As Florida continues to work to combat human trafficking, some experts say working to make sure everyone recognizes the signs is important. But, equally important is going after the so-called “johns” themselves.

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Florida lawmakers are heading back to the state capitol Monday. They’ll discuss some of the issues expected to dominate the 2018 legislative session.

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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, shutting down the island’s roads and power systems, leaving many isolated and in the dark. Now thousands are evacuating the U.S. territory for the mainland. Many may settle in Florida’s purple counties ahead of the 2018 elections.

Jose Diaz presiding in the Florida House.
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The Constitution Revision Commission may consider changing residency requirements to run for state office.

Governor Scott surveying damage in the Keys.
Governor's Press Office

Florida Governor Rick Scott and elected officials in the Keys have one message: we’re open for business.  But the island chain is still recovering from Hurricane Irma.

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A change to the Victims of Wrongful Incarceration Act is now in effect. The updated Florida law seeks to make it easier for more exonerees to receive compensation for their wrongful incarceration.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park in High Springs, Fla.
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A state senator is trying to put $100 million a year into the land conservation program Florida Forever.  The Legislature didn’t appropriate anything for it this year.

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One Florida lawmaker believes workers who evacuate because of an emergency don’t deserve to lose their jobs. A new bill would give the state’s employees more protections.

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A member of the state Constitution Revision Commission wants to open up Florida’s primary elections, at least somewhat. The proposal would close the state’s loophole for write-in candidates.

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Florida officials are expressing their condolences at the loss of life during the latest worst mass shooting in modern American history. Sunday night’s Las Vegas Shooting has left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured.

Left to right: Brad Ashwell, Ben Wilcox and Alan Stonecipher.
Nick Evans

Government watchdog group Integrity Florida says the fox is guarding the henhouse when it comes to Florida’s utilities and their regulators.  The group wants to insulate the Public Service Commission from the political fray in the state Legislature.

Florida Channel

Attorney General Pam Bondi kicked off this year’s Human Trafficking Summit Monday in Orlando.

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A state lawmaker wants more young motorcyclists to wear helmets. A state senator is working on removing the exemption for riders under 21.

DeafInPrison.com

Advocates for a deaf inmate currently serving a life sentence for murder say they believe he’s innocent and are optimistic he’ll be released in the next several years. But, the victim’s family is hoping for a much different outcome.

MGN Online

Governor Rick Scott is proposing a 10 percent pay raise for Florida’s juvenile detention and juvenile probation officers.

Beshears (left) and Montford at the Wakulla County Commission Chambers.
Nick Evans

Wakulla County Commissioner Chuck Hess wants the state to purchase Camp Indian Springs.  One state lawmaker is proposing a novel funding source.

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio wants the military to take charge of Puerto Rico’s hurricane response. He says the storm’s effects are hamstringing the island’s supply chain.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is promising to make the opioid crisis a top priority in the coming legislative session.

Beshears (left) and Montford at the Wakulla County Commission Chambers.
Nick Evans

People in Wakulla County want to see education and environmental legislation when lawmakers get back to work next month.

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A new Florida law requiring autism awareness training for law enforcement officers takes effect Sunday.

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Floridians can file petitions to amend the constitution, but not to rewrite state statutes. A legal expert wants politicos to consider changing that.

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Two state lawmakers are seeking to honor a fallen former colleague, who died last month in a single car wreck near his North Florida home.

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