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For years the Florida legislature has funded Visit Florida – a group charged with advertising and marketing tourism for the state. It works overseas, and around the country and also keeps track of the state’s tourism number. Now the agency is set to dissolve in October unless the legislature decides to keep it going.

But both chambers are at odds on whether it’s needed.

people laying down as if they have been shot in protest of gun laws.
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A bill in the Florida legislature would remove from public record video, audio, or images of mass violence victims.

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The Florida State University men’s basketball team has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

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Just over a year since the Parkland school massacre, a comprehensive response on how to best prevent a future tragedy remains a work in progress, at least in the Florida Legislature. Before a key committee Thursday, the question boiled down to this: would parents be comfortable with placing their children’s safety in the hands of an armed teacher with eight hours of active shooter training? Although some insisted the answer to that question would most likely be “No!”, lawmakers kept moving in that direction.

Barbara Devane addressing a Roe v. Wade rally on the Capitol steps.
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Longtime lobbyist and familiar face in the Florida Capitol Barbara DeVane has seemingly seen it all during the decades she’s spent in the Process. But until this week, DeVane says she had never been asked to leave a committee meeting.

Ryan Dailey recently spoke with DeVane about an exchange with a legislator that led to her being asked to leave.

Eastpoint residents enjoy a barbeque at the Big Top Supermarket after Hurricane Michael (10/12/2018)
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State taxpayer money for Hurricane Michael relief in Florida's hard-hit Panhandle would top $1.8 billion under a budget plan outlined Thursday by Senate Republican leaders.

Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers speaking with reporters at the opening of Trulieve's Tallahassee dispensary.
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A North Florida man who’s struggled with fibromyalgia for years, on Thursday became the state’s first patient to legally purchase whole-flower cannabis for smoking, just days after Governor Ron DeSantis signed into a law a measure repealing a prohibition against smokable medical marijuana.

The 2018 Florida Constitution Revision Commission. Group photo.
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State lawmakers appear heading toward abolishing the state’s Constitution Revision Commission. This after the latest incarnation of the group was roundly criticized for being overtly political.  The effort has generated a rare point of bipartisanship between lawmakers and advocacy groups who don’t normally agree on anything.

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A bill (HB 1335) requiring minors to get a parent’s consent for abortions passed a House committee this week. The debate was mostly civil, but some audience members had to be escorted out.

Florida law says parents have to be notified when their daughters seek abortions. Under the proposal, parents would have to give their permission.

The House Health Quality Subcommittee heard from a string of women who’ve had abortions, but who have differing opinions about the bill.

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One bill could cost stubborn city and county governments more money if they don’t follow state rules.

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