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A voter walks into a voting precinct located at Bethel Lutheran Church Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Clearwater.
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  1. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, bangs his gavel Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Legislators were in Tallahassee to work on property insurance reform.
  2. Part of the oceanfront Champlain Towers South condo, with more than 100 units, in Surfside, Florida, collapsed around 2 a.m. on June 24, 2021.
  3. Casey Sanders of St. Petersburg works in the rain to load hurricane supplies into the trunk of his car in the parking lot at Winn-Dixie, 3327 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. Floridians can save a few dollars on pet supplies as they stockpile other needs for the upcoming hurricane season.
  4. Grammy-nominated performer Phoebe Bridgers took her sold out Reunion tour to Ybor City's Cuban Club on Tuesday, May 24.
  5. A voter walks into a voting precinct located at Bethel Lutheran Church Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Clearwater.
  6. It’s estimated that millions of people in the U.S. use period-tracking apps to plan ahead, track when they are ovulating, and monitor other health effects. Many fear this data could be used against women if abortion becomes illegal.
  7. From start to finish, the Legislature spent a total of three days in Tallahassee to address what most agree is a five-alarm crisis in the state’s insurance market.
  8. Secretary of State Cord Byrd said there were “irregularities” in other states during the 2020 election and refused to say whether President Joe Biden won the election.
  9. State Rep. Chris Latvala, left, originally filed to run in 2024 for Pinellas County Commission District 5, currently held by Karen Seel, right. A new state law allows him to run this year instead.
  10. View of the Brickell's skyline financial center, where business-commercial towers and luxury condos tower come together over Biscayne Bay. on Wednesday, May 30, 2019.
  11. Jestine Iannotti, photographed in Stockholm, on April 26, 2021, declined to comment when asked about her no-party bid for the Florida state Senate.  She is facing criminal charges in Florida, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced on Tuesday.
  12. Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa, speaks on the floor before her colleagues before they vote on the 15-weeks abortion bill ban at the Florida State House in Tallahassee, on Feb. 16, 2022.
  13. Reedy Creek Improvement District Fire Department Station 4, on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.
  14. The Florida Supreme Court, Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
  15. Shawn Frazier, 61, checks tarps over his Tampa home's roof ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
  16. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference April 19, 2022, at The Villages complex. Behind him are Senate President Wilton Simpson, left, and House Speaker Chris Sprowls.
  17. Florida Gov.  Ron DeSantis vetoed a measure that would have increased the exemption of debtors’ interests in motor vehicles from $1,000 to $5,000 in bankruptcy proceedings.
  18. Roofers install shingles on a stilt home on Mexico Beach, seven months after Hurricane Michael made landfall, destroying many of the structures in the small coastal Panhandle town.
  19. Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, right, arrive for a State Dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump at the White House in 2019.
  20. Former Florida secretary of state Laurel Lee. [STEVE CANNON | Associated Press]
  21. The Florida House of Representatives pictured on Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Tallahassee. Florida lawmakers are returning to the Capitol next week for a special legislative session aimed at addressing problems in the state’s turbulent property insurance market.
  22. The partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building is pictured June 28, 2021, in Surfside.
  23. Former state Rep. Betty Reed, seen here at a candidate forum in 2016, died Friday, May 20, 2022.
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