What you need to know about Florida today
› Florida lawmakers plan comprehensive gambling review
The chairman of the Senate Gaming Committee says the Florida Legislature will conduct a comprehensive review of all forms of gambling. Sen. Garrett Richter, a Naples Republican, said the objective over the next two years will be to determine how gambling regulations and revenues benefit Floridians before changes are made.
› 2012 ends with a flurry of raw land sales
Builders and developers from across the region and across country loaded up on Southwest Florida land in December. They spend more than $60 million on 1,238 acres of raw land and 294 building lots from Lakewood Ranch to Punta Gorda.
› Early support in Florida Senate for expanding early voting
More than two months after Florida's election system drew national scorn for its long lines and tardy vote tabulation, state lawmakers said Monday they supported reforms in hopes to avoid a repeat performance.
› Central Florida's economy poised for comeback
Having slogged through the Great Recession and its not-so-great recovery, forecasters are hopeful 2013 will bring modest, but meaningful, economic growth.
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