Freshman representatives begin 2017 Florida legislative session

TALAHASSEE, Fla. - Tuesday, five newly elected lawmakers from Jacksonville made their legislative debut at the state Capitol.

Governor Rick Scott is proposing a more than $83 billion budget - his largest request ever. The 2017 legislature started Tuesday.

Day one ended with a big victory for  the five newly elected representatives from Jacksonville and the Florida House of Representatives. Late Tuesday, a judge ruled in favor of the Speaker of the House. The Speaker sued the Secretary of the Florida Lottery for illegally approving a major contract.

"First real day oh boy we are excited," said Rep. Tracie Davis (D-Jacksonville).

Speaking before a joint session Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott proposed a lot of tax cuts and increased spending.

"I think his budget has a lot of holes in it," said Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville).

The 2017 legislative session has a lot of new faces including the north Florida delegation "We have a lot of work ahead of us but I am happy to represent Jacksonville and the state," said Rep. Clay Yarborough (R-Jacksonville).

When it comes to the issues it depends on who you ask what's important.

"Education sure that all kids get a chance to have a better life. In the house we will be voting on some bills in committee after this to expand vouchers and scholarship accounts," said Rep. Jason Fisher (R-Jacksonville).

"Education, charter vs public schools will always be a huge issue. Those are big. We have enterprise Florida vs visit Florida so those are big and we are going to tackle them one day at a time," said Davis.

"The state budget in general, health care, transportation, education, things that are important to Jacksonville's port development things like that," said Yarborough. "These are issues that I am focused on but I am in learning mode right now. I am listening more than talking and want to make good decisions at the end of the day."

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