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The Point, Dec. 9, 2022: State Rep. Joe Harding resigns

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• Ocala Gazette: State Rep. Joe Harding resigns. "Marion County Supervisor of Elections, Wesley Wilcox, indicated that a special election would likely be ordered by the Secretary of State- but when that election would take place would be at the direction of the secretary of state."

• Gainesville Sun ($): Alachua County Commission exploring single-member districts going back to voters. "The ballot measure, which narrowly passed with 51.5% of the popular vote, reshapes how Alachua County commissioners are elected moving forward."

• The Alligator: Florida head coach Billy Napier addresses Jalen Kitna’s dismissal. "It was the first time Napier has spoken to media since Kitna’s arrest Nov. 30. "

•Ocala Gazette: Another major development being considered on county road 318. "The new owner of a 40-plus acre tract of land within Marion County’s critical Farmland Preservation Area is seeking a zoning change to amend an already existing but long dormant Planned Unit Development on the rural northwest Marion County property."

• Mainstreet Daily News: GPD to buy community firearms Saturday. "GPD officers will hand out gift cards for up to $300 per gun with a limit of two firearms per vehicle."

• WUFT News: Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee honors four community leaders. "Rev. Milford L. Griner stood in front of Passage Family Church Sunday sharing his final thoughts on the day."

• WUFT News: ‘Prove Everybody Wrong’: Williston senior looks to change his narrative on the basketball court. "Greg (Maxwell) is the nephew of two-time NBA champion Vernon Maxwell. Yet, he wants people to know that he’s worked hard for everything he’s got."

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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: Disagreements surface over the training of public school librarians in Florida. "The workgroup developing the training includes members of the conservative group Moms for Liberty, who have aggressively voiced their concerns about the material children encounter at school."

• Tampa Bay Times ($): DeSantis urged to release plan for Florida’s looming Medicaid crisis. "Hundreds of thousands of Florida’s poorest children could lose health insurance next year when the federal government is expected to end expanded Medicaid coverage put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic."

• News4Jax: AAA report shows dangerous driving behaviors are on the rise. "The rise in risky driving behaviors from 2020 to 2021 included speeding, red-light running, drowsy driving and driving impaired due to cannabis or alcohol, according to the report."

• WUSF-Tampa: Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine extends the comment period for proposed gender care ban. "The board originally listed an incorrect email address where people can submit comments. The public now has until Dec. 28 to share feedback about the proposal, which would restrict access to gender-affirming care for trans youth."

• News Service of Florida: A hearing is set in an ethics case against former Sen. Jack Latvala. "Nearly five years after he resigned from the Legislature, former Sen. Jack Latvala is headed toward a hearing before an administrative law judge in a case involving allegations of sexual misconduct."

• WFTS-Tampa Bay: Some children as young as 6 months now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots. "The boosters have an updated formulation that offers additional protection to the omicron variant of the virus."

• Florida Politics: America’s first Gen Z Congressman can’t find an apartment in Washington. "Maxwell Alejandro Frost just landed a job with a $174,000 annual salary. But America’s first Generation Z Congressman still can’t find an apartment in Washington."

• WLRN-Miami: Florida's 350-mile long reef tract is now shrinking faster than it's growing. "The largest wellness check ever performed on Florida’s ailing reef tract has reached a dire conclusion: The tract is in a 'net erosional state' and shrinking faster than it’s growing."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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