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March 4, 2021

Police could use drones to survey crowds of 50 or more people under a bill advancing through the Legislature. Robbie Gaffney reports the measure is raising privacy concerns from a watchdog group.

Florida Democrats rolled out a comprehensive package of COVID-19 protections today (Thursday.) They would affect workers, parents, school children, business owners and the victims of the deadly virus. Steve Bousquet reports on what they are proposing and the prospects for passage.

Republican lawmakers have their own ideas when it comes to shielding businesses and health care providers from COVID-19 lawsuits. Valerie Crowder has been following that legislation and talks to Tom Flanigan about it.

Democrats and public school advocates fear a planned merger of the state’s school choice and scholarship programs will funnel money away from public schools. But that’s not the case, says the proposal’s sponsor. Lynn Hatter reports Miami Republican Senator Manny Diaz batted down a slew of amendments aimed at watering down his bill.

Florida Republicans want to take a pre-emptive strike against any attempts to create a statewide single payer health care system. Regan McCarthy reports they’re pushing a bill that would require any future attempts to need a two-thirds majority vote for passage.

A limited government think tank in Tallahassee is out with a report that examines how Florida lawmakers can expand “regulatory sandboxes” to boost business innovation in the state. We get that story from Gina Jordan.