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Florida Matters: What Will Lawmakers Do This Session?


Florida lawmakers have officially started the 2015 legislative session. The one item they have to do is pass a state budget -- and this year they have a $1 billion surplus, a growing state economy and a governor fresh off a re-election win.

Each spring for 60 days the Florida Legislature tackles a year's worth of state business. On the agenda this law-writing session are reforms to public-education testing, hundreds of millions of dollars of mandated spending on the environment and billions of dollars in federal money for health care.

Florida Public Radio and WLRN in Miami have produced an hour-long special program to discuss this session's agenda. 

This week on Florida Matters on WUSF 89.7 FM, we will replay highlights of that program. You can hear the show on Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.,  March 8 at 7:30 a.m. and at

Lottie Watts is our Florida Mattersproducer, and she also covers health and health policy for.
In a journalism career covering news from high global finance to neighborhood infrastructure, Tom Hudson is the Vice President of News and Special Correspondent for WLRN. He hosts and produces the Sunshine Economy and anchors the Florida Roundup in addition to leading the organization's news engagement strategy.