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The Sunshine Edition: The 2015 Florida Legislature

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The gavel falls Tuesday in Tallahassee, when Florida lawmakers officially begin the 2015 legislative session. The one item they have to do is pass a state budget -- and this year they have a $1 billion surplus, a growing state economy and a governor fresh off a re-election win.

Each spring for 60 days the Florida Legislature tackles a year's worth of state business. On the agenda this law-writing session are reforms to public-education testing, hundreds of millions of dollars of mandated spending on the environment and billions of dollars in federal money for health care.

Florida Public Radio and WLRN in Miami have produced an hour-long special program to discuss this session's agenda. 

Part Two: Will Florida act on Medicaid expansion this year?
Part Three: Revisiting medical marijuana during this year's legislative session.

Which issues are important to you? Tell us on Twitter and Facebook. Follow WLRN for more stories during Florida's legislative session.

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In a journalism career covering news from high global finance to neighborhood infrastructure, Tom Hudson is the Vice President of News and Special Correspondent for WLRN. He hosts and produces the Sunshine Economy and anchors the Florida Roundup in addition to leading the organization's news engagement strategy.