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The Florida House of Representatives wants a say in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of state medical marijuana regulations. The chamber's lawyers asked a Tallahassee appeals court Tuesday for a chance to intervene.

Democrats picked up a rare seat in the Florida House Tuesday. Democrat Margaret Good bested two challengers in a special election for Sarasota's House District 72.

Good's decisive victory gave the minority Democrats in Tallahassee a win in a Republican-leaning district.

Florida will get a one-time boost in tax money as residents across the state slowly rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Irma.

Daisy Baez Resigns From State House After Residency Probe

Nov 1, 2017
Tampa Bay Times via Miami Herald

Democrat Daisy Baez, a first-term lawmaker who had been considered a rising star in her party, left the state House on Wednesday as she pleaded guilty to perjury in an investigation about her legal residency.

In a single-sentence letter delivered Wednesday morning to House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Baez wrote that “effective immediately, I am resigning my office.”

Special election primaries for Florida State Senate District 40 and House District 116 will take place Tuesday. Mail-in voting is already underway, and early voting began July 15th.

After School Programs Anticipate Changes in Funding

Feb 9, 2016
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  Long-standing after-school programs in Florida that help thousands of at-risk kids with homework, mentoring and gang prevention could face significant changes in how state funding is distributed to them.  

The state Senate's budget plan would increase funding from $22 million  to  $30 million, making more money available to more groups.

But prominent organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters depend on these funds that have been distributed to them for decades. The proposal would put the money up for grabs.

Anti-fracking Rallies: A Response to Oust Local Bans

Feb 1, 2016
Caitlin Granfield / WLRN News

  Anti-fracking rallies were held across the state over the weekend after the Florida House voted to prohibit local municipalities from placing their own bans on the controversial drilling practice.

Fracking could take place in the Sunshine State as early as next year. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will first conduct  $1 million study of the potential environmental and human health impacts of fracking.

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To the surprise and delight of lawmakers who have long backed the proposal, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Tuesday called for eliminating a five-year waiting period for children of legal immigrants to be eligible for the state's KidCare health-insurance program.

"I got goose bumps," said Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, a Miami Republican who has backed the proposal throughout his House tenure. "This has been a long time coming."

Florida may replace the statue of a Confederate general at the U.S. Capitol.

A Florida House panel on Wednesday endorsed a bill calling for removal of the bronze statue of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith from the Capitol where every state is allowed to have two statues.

The bill sponsored by Miami Republican Rep. Jose Felix Diaz would start the process of selecting a sculptor and the name of a prominent Floridian citizen to replace Smith. The Florida Legislature would have to approve the replacement statue in 2017.

A plan to redraw Florida's 27 congressional districts overwhelmingly passed the state House Tuesday, inching closer to a potential face off with the Senate over districts in Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area.

Nine Democrats joined with the majority of Republicans in approving the new map on a 76-35 vote. Nine members of the GOP, some of whom fulminated against a Florida Supreme Court decision that prompted the ongoing redistricting special session, joined the majority of Democrats in opposing the proposal (HB 1B).

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A twist to the end of the state legislative session means lawmakers need to reconvene again. 

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