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3/5/19: State Legislature; Duval Elections; Financial Literacy; Grow Your Groceries

Florida House of Reprsentatives
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The state Legislature kicks off its session today in Tallahassee, with everything from spending on education and the environment to smoking medical marijuana on the table for debate. 

Matt Dixon, senior reporter with POLITICO Florida joined us with a look at what we can expect from Governor Ron DeSantisState of the State address and the 60-day lawmaking session ahead. 

Duval County Elections

African-American faith leaders in Jacksonville are speaking out about crime as Jacksonville’s early voting begins. The Rev. James Sampson of First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church joined the show to talk about the issues that resonate with his congregants: public safety, economic development, and diversity and transparency in government.

Financial Literacy


A bill that could make its way through the Florida Senate this session is the Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Act, which would require all Florida high school students to take at least a one-semester course on personal finance and money management before they graduate.  

Ashleigh Robinson, spokeswoman for First Florida Credit Union, joined to advoacate for the bill.

Grow Your Groceries

Melissa Ross with Nathan Ballentine

You don’t need a farm to grow your own groceries. Nathan Ballentine, a.k.a. The Man in Overalls, a Jacksonville-based urban gardener, community organizer, and entrepreneur,  spoke about the trend of small gardens and how you can grow your own groceries.

Grow Your Groceries event will be Saturday, March 9, at the Jacksonville Public Library downtown, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Amanda Brannon can be reached at, 904-358-6317.