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Lifted by polls, DeSantis vows: 'The sun is rising here in Florida'; "The Tampa Bay area should be well represented in this next go-round," DeSantis said in his State of the State remarks to lawmakers and their leaders, Chris Sprowls and Wilton Simpson.

Mar 02, 2021 - Tampa Bay Times

TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Ron DeSantis opened Florida's legislative session Tuesday with a full-throated defense of his pandemic response and an outline of conservative policies he wants state lawmakers to pass in the run-up to his re-election campaign next year.

"I see, in many parts of our country, a sad state of affairs: schools closed, businesses shuttered and lives destroyed," DeSantis said in a 30-minute "State of the State" speech to a packed Florida House chamber. "While so many other sta...