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  • Florida’s Legislative Process 101: 2019 session dates announced - The Senate released official dates for the 2019 regular session: March 5 to May 3.
  • Arrivals and Departures: Arrivals and Departures, March 23, 2018 - Appointments were made to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.
  • State Economy: Florida’s jobless rate unchanged from Jan. to Feb. - Florida's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in February 2018, unchanged from last month.
  • Florida Constitution: 25 proposed amendments head to drafting - The Constitution Revision Commission voted to send 25 proposed constitutional amendments to its Style and Drafting Committee, which will review the measures and recommend ballot language prior to a final vote being taken by the full commission.
  • Higher Education Appropriations: Lottery won’t pursue appeal over IGT contract - Saying the issue was rendered moot by the 2018-19 budget bill, the Florida Lottery dropped an appeal of a court's decision to back House Speaker Richard Corcoran in a lawsuit over a $700 million contract awarded by the agency.
  • Property: Report: Florida building codes best in nation - The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety ranked Florida's building code No. 1 in the nation for withstanding hurricanes.
  • Lobbying and Ethics: Session Summary: Legislature fails to pass sexual harassment legislation - During the 2018 session, a measure creating guidelines and penalties for sexual harassment failed in addition to a number of bills aimed at revising local government policies.
  • Public Employees: Session Summary: Labor union, CRA reform bills unsuccessful in 2018 - Legislation making reforms to the state's public unions and community redevelopment agencies again lost traction in the Senate in 2018.

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