House Speaker Richard Corcoran

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In part two of our look at the top litigation expected in 2018, a new law that’s drawing fire from most of Florida’s 67 public school districts is expected to remain prominent after the legislative session begins this week.

Mention House Bill 7069 to a school administrator or teacher, and more often as not you’ll get a dirty look. At least 14 county school boards have filed two constitutional lawsuits challenging the law, contending in part that it undermines local control of public schools.

Governor Rick Scott has not yet taken action on the new budget and he fate of Visit Florida, the state’s tourism promotion agency, remains in limbo.

For every dollar Visit Florida spends, the state receives $3.20 in return, according to the Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research. In 2015, the latest available year, that translated to $109 billion in tourist spending; $11.3 billion in tax revenue, and 1.4 million tourism-related jobs in 2015.