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The Top Issues for Florida Legislative Session

 The Government Office in Tallahassee
The Government Office in Tallahassee

Some Florida laws might change as the new legislative session begins. Lawmakers will hear dozens of bills during the 60 day period. Gun rights, sex predators and tax cuts are the main issues that lawmakers will address.

Florida's gun laws have drawn national attention because of several shootings. Republican lawmakers are for a bill that will allow people to fire a warning shot in self defense. Democrats want to repeal the controversial "Stand Your Ground Law" but the chances of that happening in the Republican controlled legislature are slim.

Child protection has been the main focus at the new session after Cherish Perrywinkle and Somer Thompson died because they were attacked by a sexual predator. The Senate has already passed laws during the first day of the session targeting sexual predators. The main goal of the law is to strengthen the Jimmy Ryce Act which would keep the most violent sexual predators locked up.

Governor Rick Scott proposed a $74.2 billion budget plan that includes tax cuts and increased spending on education and child welfare. Lawmakers don't have to agree with Scott's recommendations but cutting taxes and spending money on kids could be popular ideas in an election year.