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December 2, 2022

Florida lawmakers are meeting in Tallahassee in a couple of weeks to work on the state’s crippled property insurance market, which took another blow after Hurricane Ian destroyed thousands of homes in September. As insurers leave the market, homeowners are paying more for coverage. Valerie Crowder has more on what lawmakers might do.

After Republicans won a supermajority in the Florida legislature in the November elections, some conservative groups hoped that might open the door to passing further restrictions on abortion. But Regan McCarthy reports as the state’s new leaders met for a recent organizational session, abortion legislation was not named among their top priorities.

Florida is poised to double the size of its medical-marijuana industry. A 2017 law requires the state health department to grant new licenses as the number of patients increases. In the Deeper Dive with Dara Kam podcast from City and State Florida, attorney and cannabis law expert John Lockwood discusses expanding Florida’s market under what’s known as the industry’s “vertical integration” system. Here’s an excerpt. Hear the full episode wherever you get your podcasts.

The risk from oil spills, along with warming waters caused by climate change, have scientists worried about one of the nation’s most bountiful fishing grounds. New research into the lasting effects of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico has found that even low levels of oil can make one of the ocean’s most popular fish more likely to die within a week of exposure. WLRN’s Jenny Staletovich reports…

More than 3,000 members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida live on six reservations throughout the state -- with nearly 700 living on the Big Cypress Reservation. Their way of life today remains a mystery to many who visit and live in Florida. WGCU’s Tara Calligan speaks with members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida about how they continue to educate non-natives about their legacy.