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6:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Technically, There's Nothing Stopping You From Texting And Driving In Florida – Yet

Florida is one of only 11 states that doesn't prohibit texting and driving. But drivers whose texting leads to an accident and death would be guilty of homicide under a bill filed this week in the Senate and expected to soon show up in the House.
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After several failed bills and a decade’s worth of debate, texting and driving remains legal in Florida – and the most recently proposed bill wouldn’t change that. But drivers could be charged with vehicular homicide in the case of an accident.

According to the News Service of Florida,

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Florida Lieutenant Governor Resigns, After Investigation Of Nonprofit

Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.
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Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 3:00 pm

Florida's lieutenant governor abruptly stepped down on Wednesday, two days after Florida law enforcement officials questioned her involvement with a non-profit under investigation.

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Medicaid Expansion
10:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Florida Hospital Association Won't Accept That Medicaid Will Not Be Expanded

CAREGIVERS: The delegation from Ocala's Munroe Regional Medical Center. Lynette Johnson is third from the left.
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Burdened with the expense of medical care for more than a million uninsured Floridians, the Florida Hospital Association isn't ready to accept that Medicaid won't be expanded in Florida under Obamacare.

Scarcely a day after a Florida Senate Select Committee voted down the Medicaid plan, the association had mobilized healthcare providers and patients under the banner "The Florida Remedy" to make their case public.

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Teacher Evaluations
8:41 am
Wed March 13, 2013

How Florida's Senate President Would Change Teacher Evaluations

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 5:02 pm

Florida’s Senate President says the state’s teacher evaluation system is confusing and should be reworked so teacher ratings more closely match those of the schools they work in.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Listen: Youth Activists Go To Tally To Talk Immigration Reform, Voting Rights, Juvenile Justice

Phillip Agnew leads a news conference with the Dream Defenders inside the Capitol. Group members came to Tallahassee from Miami and cities in between.
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College students from Miami and elsewhere around the state are trying to keep the dream alive.

They came by bus to Tallahassee during the opening week of the legislative session. The group is known as the Dream Defenders.

Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of Dream Defenders, led a news conference inside the Capitol then spoke with us about the group’s legislative agenda.

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Florida Legislature
11:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Democrats In Tallahassee Less Outnumbered Than They Used To Be

REVIVAL: They still don't have a majority in the capitol but Democrats felt new confidence at their recent Awake the State rally.
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The election results and new leadership in the Florida legislature have made life a little easier for the state's elected Democrats.

Not that that there's been a substantial change in how the state's laws are made. The elections may have stripped House and Senate Republicans of their super-majorities, but Democrats remain profoundly outvoted and relatively powerless.

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Domestic Partnerships
9:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Florida Lawmakers Consider Domestic Partnership Bill

A Tallahassee committee is considering a domestic partnership bill.
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For News Service of Florida

A senator who last month opposed a bill that would create domestic partnerships for unmarried couples will support a new, narrower version when it comes up Tuesday in the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Live Chat: What You Should Know From This Week In South Florida

On The Florida Roundup, here are some the events that caught our attention:

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Conservation Lands May Go Up For Sale
8:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

State Conservation Lands That Are Home To Endangered Bird Could Be On The Chopping Block

The South Florida Water Management District is assessing lands that are in the endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow's breeding range.
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A state agency is considering designating large tracts of state-owned lands as "surplus," including sections that are home to a near-extinct bird endemic to Florida. Surplus lands can be made available for public sale or trade, or used in ways that differ from their original intention as conservation lands.

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Environmental Issues in Session 2013
8:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

High-Stake Environmental Issues Before The Florida Legislature in 2013

A number of bills before the 2013 Session hold interest for Florida's environmental groups.
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The Florida Legislative Session 2013 is in full swing, and environmental groups are worried about a number of  bills before lawmakers. Organizations like Audubon of Florida are focused on proposed measures that would impact environmental funding, wildlife protection, water quality and land use and conservation.  

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Citizens Property Insurance
12:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Citizens Property Insurance Could Require Two On Board To Hail From South Florida

Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, filed a bill in the Florida Senate Friday that would add a consumer advocate to Citizens Property Insurance Corp.'s board of directors. It would also require that two of the members hail from South Florida.
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There are seven faces behind Florida’s largest home insurer. But there could be eight. Or nine.

And two might have to be South Florida cardholders.

According to the News Service of Florida,

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Politics
8:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

State CFO Objects Scott's Proposal to Expand Medicaid

Credit Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee / freedigitalphotos.netChief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Florida cannot financially handle Gov. Rick Scott's Feb. 20 proposal to expand Medicaid. 'Floridians deserve better than a plan to double down on a system awash in fraud, that raises costs on everyone, burdens small businesses and yanks the rug out from under doctors,' he stated in his weekly newsletter posted online Friday.Edit | Remove

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Town Hall
7:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Talk To Us: Florida Legislators & A Session 2013 Sneak Peek At WLRN - Miami Herald Town Hall

Audience members weighed in at our live Town Hall event. Now it's your turn.
Credit Jessica Meszaros

Redistricting, property insurance, Medicaid expansion and political transparency were among the topics covered during this week’s Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald.  The second annual forum marks the beginning of WLRN's coverage of Session 2013, which convenes March 5 and continues through May 3.

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Live Event
3:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Couldn't Join Us Monday? See What You Missed At The Town Hall On Session 2013 At The Broward Center


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Tallahassee may be hundreds of miles away, but WLRN and The Miami Herald have brought it to you.

Tonight we will be holding our second annual Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature.  Follow a play by play rundown of the show below, and join in by using the comment box, or by sending us a tweet to #FL2013.

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