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Weekly Roundup: New Faces and Tough Issues

October 13, 2017 - 4:45pm

A few new faces, and some familiar ones that sprouted hipster beards over the summer, joined the hubbub in the Capitol for the first week of committee meetings before the legislative session kicks off in January.

Even apart from the newbies this week, a bustling downtown Tallahassee bore a somewhat different aura than it has over the past few years as lobbyists, lawmakers, aides and onlookers prepares red for the 60-day crush looming on the horizon.

$50 Million Sought to Tackle Opioid Epidemic

Lawmakers Hear Grim Picture of Opioid Epidemic

October 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Facing what one expert called “chemical warfare,” a key Senate panel Tuesday began tackling the opioid crisis that has engulfed the nation and state, ripped families apart and created a public health crisis bound to get worse.

Agency Pushed to Give Go-Ahead to Edible Medical Marijuana

October 2, 2017 - 5:30pm

A medical marijuana operator is demanding that the Florida Department of Health develop a regulation so vendors can begin processing and selling edible marijuana products to patients.

In a petition filed Friday, Surterra Florida asked health officials to start a rule-making process involving a new law designed to implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment that legalized medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients.

Weekly Roundup: Democrats Get a Chance to Celebrate

September 29, 2017 - 4:00pm
Annette Taddeo and Jose Felix Diaz

With piles of debris rotting in the Florida sun and rain after Hurricane Irma tattooed much of the state, officials are turning their attention to an even more dire disaster in Puerto Rico.

Taddeo Grabs Big Win for Democrats in Senate Battle

September 26, 2017 - 10:00pm

In a race viewed as a litmus test of President Donald Trump and Florida Democrats' ability to make gains in local and statewide elections next year, Miami businesswoman Annette Taddeo coasted to victory Tuesday in a race to replace a disgraced former state senator.<--break->

Weekly Roundup: The Aftermath of Irma

September 22, 2017 - 4:30pm

More than 10 days after Hurricane Irma crashed through the state, thousands of Floridians were still in the dark as estimates of damage in nearly all parts of the peninsula continued to escalate.

Weekly Roundup: 'Unfathomable'

September 15, 2017 - 5:30pm

Days after Hurricane Irma slashed a destructive swath through Florida, it's still unclear exactly how much damage the state and its inhabitants have suffered. And it might be weeks --- or even months --- before the massive storm's impact is known.

Backroom Briefing: Irma Doesn't Turn out Lights on the Election

September 14, 2017 - 4:45pm

A heated contest for an open Senate seat in Miami just got hotter --- literally.

With power knocked out in large parts of Miami-Dade County, Florida Democrats have asked Gov. Rick Scott to postpone the Sept. 26 special election in Senate District 40. Early voting in the runoff between Democrat Annette Taddeo and Republican former state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz begins Saturday.

Scott set the special election after former Sen. Frank Artiles resigned earlier this year after a racially tinged outburst at a private club near the Capitol.

Weekly Roundup: 'We Will Get Through This Together'

September 8, 2017 - 2:30pm

The week started off with the state --- and the nation --- mesmerized by Hurricane Harvey. But by Friday, Hurricane Irma sent Florida into a frenzy.

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