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Clifford Williams says he relied on his faith during more than four decades behind bars, including five years on Florida’s Death Row.

Rocks along the coast of St. Augustine Beach
John Raoux / Associated Press

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Cyndi Stevenson (R-St. Augustine) that would establish a statewide Office of Resiliency along with a statewide Sea Level Rise Task Force unanimously passed a House Subcommittee Tuesday afternoon.

Pictured: Fireworks over the Acosta Bridge
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

A plan to revamp Florida’s fireworks law is headed to the Senate floor. 

Florida’s average teacher salary is among the lowest in the nation. The Florida Education Association says the state suffers from high turn-over rates and teacher shortages. The teachers union wants to change that and Monday, it brought educators from across the state to the Florida Capitol to demand more funding for education.

When the Florida Legislature convenes on Jan. 14 for the start of its 60-day session, lawmakers will be faced with several important issues – with raising teacher pay and placing new limits on abortion among the top priorities.

Here is a list of several other issues the legislature will tackle during the session.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is pictured delivering his first State of the State address at the start of the 2019 legislative session.
The Florida Channel

Florida’s 60-day legislative session kicks off Tuesday, and while what’s known as “the process” has evolved over the years, some things remain the same.

A cleaning lady works at an Airbnb in this 2018 file photo.
Thibault Camus / Associated Press

With state lawmakers preparing to wade into a debate about vacation rental properties, Airbnb, Inc., last month sent $250,000 to a Florida political committee, a newly filed finance report shows.

State Could Take Hit In Hospital Funding

Jan 9, 2020
Bobby Caina Calvan / Associated Press

As Florida lawmakers prepare to start the 2020 legislative session, the state is being confronted with a $70.4 million loss in the coming months in the amount of Medicaid money it gets to fund hospitals, train future physicians and treat people who are mentally ill.

State Senate Bill Would Allow Local Officials To Be Armed

Jan 9, 2020
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press file photo

Local elected officials in Florida could bring guns to government meetings, but people appearing before them would remain unable to carry weapons, under a bill filed Wednesday.

Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. A Sebring bank. A yoga studio in Tallahassee. A naval air base in Pensacola.

FLORIDA HOUSE

Elderly Holocaust survivors in Northeast Florida would get wrap-around health care and social services under a bill that’s set to be heard in a Florida House committee next Monday.

A photo of Florida's Capitol budings
The News Service of Florida

The 2020 legislative session will start Jan. 14 as House and Senate members gather to hear Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address.

Florida Likely To Gain 2 Congressional Seats In 2020 Census

Jan 3, 2020
U.S Census envelope
NPR

With three months until “Census Day,” Florida is very likely to pick up two new congressional members and has an outside chance of gaining a third.

JUSTIN ROWLAND

As the next legislative session looms on the horizon, lawmakers are trying to squeeze in their personal projects into the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget. However, not all proposals will make it.

State Senators Back Contentious Abortion Bill

Dec 11, 2019
News Service of Florida

In a contentious meeting where proponents and opponents talked about God, homosexuality and government intrusion, a Florida Senate panel Tuesday approved a bill that would require minors to obtain permission from their parents before having abortions.

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