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The Buzz on Florida Politics

The Las Vegas Sands casino sits behind the Fisherman's Wharf in Macau. Las Vegas Sands is financing a petition drive in support of a constitutional amendment to expand casino gaming in Florida.
Reports of fraudulent petitions have been forwarded to Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office.
As Florida’s legislature continues reapportionment, there is debate about whether the district, which spans Tampa Bay, still makes sense.
The Florida Senate on Thursday passed redistricting maps that don’t follow Gov. DeSantis’ proposal.
The discussion was part of a larger Florida bill about parent rights.

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  1. Nurse manager Edgar Ramirez checks on IV fluids while talking to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
  2. Florida International University South Campus in Miami.
  3. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, left, and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg.
  4. Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, chairs the subcommittee that drew the redistricting map.
  5. Marriott human resources recruiter Mariela Cuevas, left, talks to Lisbet Oliveros, during a job fair at Hard Rock Stadium, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla.  (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
  6. Florida International University South Campus in Miami.
  7. Igor Fruman arrives at Federal court in Manhattan, Friday. The Florida businessman who helped Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information against Joe Biden in Ukraine was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and fined $10,000 Friday in an unrelated campaign finance case.
  8. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings, right.
  9. A look at the University Auditorium at the center of the University of Florida campus is Gainesville.
  10. Tampa skyline pictured on this month.
  11. Sen. Travis Hutson, a St. Augustine Republican, is the sponsor of the bill to allow businesses to sue local governments over lost profits.
  12. Gov. Ron DeSantis has supported increasing parents' rights in schools, including at this July news conference regarding school masks. Florida lawmakers have focused on the issue with several bills in the first weeks of their 2022 legislative session.
  13. First Lady Casey DeSantis speaks during a roundtable discussion regarding mental health at the downtown Tampa Firefighter Museum on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.
  14. A closed circuit video image, included in federal criminal complaint, shows Michael Stepakoff inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. Stepakoff is a former lawyer and a rabbi for a messianic synagogue in Palm Harbor.
  15. Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota.
  16. Aaron Smith-Levin, left, is seen talking to a Clearwater Police officer during an incident at Fusion Cigar Bar on Sept. 17, 2021. The Clearwater Police Department blurred Smith-Levin's face when providing the body camera footage to the Tampa Bay Times.
  17. The Las Vegas Sands casino sits behind the Fisherman's Wharf in Macau. Las Vegas Sands is financing a petition drive in support of a constitutional amendment to expand casino gaming in Florida.
  18. FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters and members of the media after a bill signing on Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla.   DeSantis has submitted a proposal to reshape the state’s congressional map and carve up districts held by Black Democrats, as the Republican takes the unusual step of inserting himself into the redistricting process. The proposed congressional map, submitted Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, signaled the governor’s priorities as the state moves to redraw political maps in the coming months.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
  19. A wooden cross bearing cloth is pictured next to hand sanitizer and masked parishioners during Easter mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on April 4, 2021, in Tampa. The Florida Legislature is considering bills that would prevent churches from being forced to close during future emergencies, like they were in the early days of the pandemic.
  20. Jeremy Brown, 47, is accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Federal agents say they found unregistered guns and two hand grenades at his Tampa home.
  21. Florida Sen. Danny Burgess, right, sponsored the bill to protect health care providers from COVID-related lawsuits.
  22. Joey Cousin, a transgender student from Broward County and an opponent of SB 404, known as the "parental consent" bill, speaks at a press conference at the Capitol in 2020 in Tallahassee. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2020.
  23. Clearwater attorney J. Kevin Hayslett has announced a run for Congress.
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