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Housing officials are worried local governments are under-utilizing money that could fund affordable rentals. The state’s demand for rental units hasn’t slowed since before the Great Recession. But according to state housing officials, most local governments aren’t using available public money to build affordable rentals. 

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A proposal increasing the mandatory retirement age for Florida judges has unanimously passed a subpanel of the state’s Constitution Revision Commission. That’s the panel that meets every 20 years to revise the state constitution.

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The Executive Director of Florida’s wildlife agency is leaving. He’s the latest to step down from a top role at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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This month is Diabetes Awareness Month, and a bipartisan push is underway to do more about the disease that is one of the leading cause of deaths among Floridians.

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The impacts of hurricanes on people are well documented, and can scar communities for years. But the ecological effects of storms aren’t as obvious. 

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Starting Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol is expected to step up its presence for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Florida’s wildlife management agency is announcing a record number of green sea turtle nests this year. That's in spite of impacts from Hurricane Irma.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is pushing for Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente to recuse herself from a major case deciding the limits of the governor’s appointment powers.

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The Trump administration’s decision to end temporary protected status for Haitians who sought shelter in the US after a major earthquake is drawing bipartisan pushback in Florida.  

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The Constitution Revision Commission is considering a handful of education proposals.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is touting a record tourism despite a challenging Hurricane season.

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With only one committee hearing, a bill seeking to regulate Florida’s pregnancy crisis centers is now heading to the House floor. But, pro-choice advocates are not happy about a provision that directs the state to only contract with providers that “promote and support childbirth.”

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Automation. Development. Citrus Greening. Florida’s agriculture industry is hurting, and Hurricane Irma is only the most recent blow. During this year's legislative session, lawmakers will be considering how to support the industry, which is second only to tourism.

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With the third largest inmate population in the U.S., the Florida Department of Corrections is continuing to look for ways to get that number to decrease—even as it’s started declining in recent years. State lawmakers may be coming together on a solution that used to be controversial in the past.

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Florida has reported its second case of the Zika virus via local mosquitos.

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New Senate appropriations chairman Rob Bradley wants more of the land acquisition trust fund going to land purchasing and management. 

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The Florida Legislature is poised to make good on a 2016 decision to replace one of its entries in Washington D.C.’s statuary hall.  Mary McLeod Bethune seems likely to get the nod.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Steven Bittell has resigned following a Politico Florida story containing allegations of “creepy” behavior toward women. Six anonymous women accuse Bittell of leering, making suggestive comments and creating an uncomfortable working climate.

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State Representative Ross Spano is the latest Republican to enter the 2018 race for Florida Attorney General.

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An organization that deals a lot with human trafficked kids says it’s important to go into the schools and educate potential victims early about traffickers.

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The latest figures from Florida’s medical examiners show sharp increases in drug related deaths.  Across all substances, 22 percent more Floridians lost their lives in 2016. 

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For the most part, Governor Rick Scott’s $87.4 billion budget proposal appears very promising. That’s according to the Florida Senate’s new budget chairman,  Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).

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Florida’s prison population appears to be on the decline.

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After a hiccup last year in the Florida House, state lawmakers seem poised to send a statue of civil rights activist and educator Mary McLeod Bethune to Washington D.C.  

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A bipartisan coalition of Florida lawmakers are pushing two criminal justice reforms meant to roll back mass incarceration.

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