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Our annual 'For A Better Florida' session preview

The Old Capitol in Tallahassee gleams in front of the Florida Capitol.

Scott Keeler | Times

The Old Capitol in Tallahassee gleams in front of the Florida Capitol.



Florida's 2016 legislative session opens Tuesday, and the Tampa Bay Times is presenting its annual "For A Better Florida" preview of issues facing the Legislature.

From first-person essays about guns to an analysis of the five reforms that could improve how Tallahassee works, we've got you covered. Hear what insiders think, read our columnists and learn about water, education, health and business policy:

• Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet writes about painful lessons for a troubled Florida Legislature, and five ways to fix it.

• Political Editor Adam C. Smith polls the Florida Insiders and finds many are deeply pessimistic about the state of Florida's leadership.

• Columnist John Romano reminds us that voters have the power to make Florida better.

• Two powerful first-person essays on guns illuminate one of the signature issues not just in Florida, but in the nation. Colette Bancroft shares a harrowing story of fighting off a would-be rapist, wondering how things would have been different if she had had a gun. Robbyn Mitchell explains why she got a gun and still wants it.

• Columnist Robert Trigaux writes about the challenges to Gov. Rick Scott meeting his promise to voters about jobs, jobs, jobs.

• Education editor Thomas C. Tobin says lawmakers are trying to tweak, not transform, education policy this year.

• Health care reporter Kathleen McGrory details the landscape for reform. It's about compromise.

• Environment reporter Craig Pittman has the story on one of the first bills coming for a vote -- water policy -- and how environmentalists want to slow it down. 


[Last modified: Friday, January 8, 2016 11:22am]


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