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Via Miami Herald

To stem the exodus of poorly paid state-funded prosecutors and defense attorneys, Florida lawmakers earlier this year passed a law mandating starting pay of $50,000 a year.

But what was hailed as an important step in recruiting and keeping talented young lawyers may have an unintended, and dispiriting effect.

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Guests for Sundial on Thursday, March 8 2018:

WLRN's education reporter  Jessica Bakeman joined us via Skype to give us the latest from Tallahassee, where the legislative session was extended into next week because both chambers were unable to reach a budget agreement. Bakeman also discussed the controversial gun reform bill that was passed through the House and awaits Gov. Scott's approval.

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Guests for Sundial on Thursday, March 1: 

WLRN education reporter Jessica Bakeman joined us from Tallahassee for an update on budget talks and gun legislation from the state's capital. Bakeman also provided insight on the impact Miami-Dade County Public School's Superintendent Alberto Carvalho departure would have if he decided to take a job offered to him as chancellor of New York City public schools. (Carvalho declined the offer later that day.) 

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Guests for Sundial on Wednesday, Feb. 28:

City of Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli discussed the city commission vote that banned assault weapons even though state law forbids local governments to pass gun laws.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School opened its doors to students today for the first time since the Feb. 14 mass shooting.  WLRN reporter Caitie Switalski spoke to us about how students, parents and faculty handled being back in the school. Also, MSD student David Hogg told us how he felt on his first day attending class after the shooting. 

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Guests for Sundial on Tuesday, Feb. 20:

WLRN reporter Tim Padgett has been covering the family that took in suspected school shooter Nikolas Cruz after the death of his mother last November. He spoke of the public scrutiny the family is under following last week's shooting and the measures they took to help the teen while living with him. 

WLRN reporter Caitlin Switalski joined us from the scene where Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students were preparing to board busses bound for Tallahassee to meet with state lawmakers.

Springs Backers Seek Water Policy Changes

Jan 4, 2016
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An advocacy group for Florida's natural springs has outlined concerns with a major water-policy bill that is expected to be quickly approved during the upcoming 2016 legislative session.

The Florida Springs Council, a consortium of 35 organizations, is telling lawmakers what changes are needed to get its support for the proposal (SB 552 and HB 7005). But the group isn't hopeful that its requests --- or similar requests from other environmental groups --- will result in changes to the proposal.

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THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Nearly a third of state lawmakers are millionaires, with two members of the Senate having net worths that top $20 million, according to newly filed disclosure reports.

Almost half of the Senate is in the millionaires club, and more than two dozen senators saw their net worths grow in the past year. Some reports remain to be filed, but so far no senator sits in the red financially, according to the reports posted on the Florida Commission on Ethics website.