Roiled by sexual scandals where Senate and House Republicans disagreed over what to do, dramatically impacted by the mass shooting in February at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, having spent hours debating and finally passing sweeping historic gun and school safety legislation (signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott), failing to fully ban texting while driving, agreeing to pass a bill designed to battle the state’s opioid epidemic, and last minute weekend extension of session to pass Florida’s largest state budget in history, $88.7 billion, the Florida Legislature finally wrapped up its work.
Covering this whirlwind session for many of Florida’s newspapers, our stellar panel of experienced journalists meticulously reported legislative developments daily. Join them and a Broward veteran politician and public servant who will moderate our traditional recap and analysis of the session.
Steve Bousquet, Tallahassee Bureau Chief, Tampa Bay Times
Dara Kam, Senior Reporter, The News Service of Florida
Dan Sweeney, Political Reporter, Sun Sentinel
Hon. Chip LaMarca, Commissioner, Broward County Board of County Commissioners
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