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Wrapping up the 2024 Florida legislative session

The Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Alex Potemkin
The Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.

The 2024 legislative session in Florida came to an end Friday. Today, we do a comprehensive wrapup, covering both approved and rejected bills.

In terms of appropriations, the city of Jacksonville received modest funding, notably $3 million allocated for specific road projects. Other key players in the area — including UF Health, JTA and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office — also received funding.

However, one notable bill that didn’t receive approval this session was the Decker-Backman Act, SB350/HB 837. This legislation would have required law enforcement to review specific cold cases upon families’ requests. Agencies also would have been required to adhere to specific deadlines and report data to Global Forensic and Justice Center at Florida International University.


  • A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics Capitol reporter and Jacksonville Today columnist. 
  • Ryan Backmann, Project Cold Case founder and executive director. 

Jax Symphony 

The Jacksonville Symphony has unveiled its latest Jazz series, featuring collaborations with local musicians from the Jacksonville Jazz Collective.


  • Tony Nickle, vice president and artistic administrator at Jacksonville Symphony. 
  • John Lumpkin, artist and educator. 

'Auntie Mame' 

Two of Jacksonville’s leading theater organizations have a big announcement to make on air today! The Florida Theatre and Theater Jacksonville announce their collaboration on a Tony- winning Broadway production of Auntie Mame that will be coming to Jacksonville in August.

More information can be found here.


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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.