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March 5, 2021

Civil rights advocates are angry at Republicans amid a planned crackdown on protests. Frustrations boiled over during a hearing on House Bill 1. Kevin Del Orbe (del-OR-bay) reports on the growing pushback the proposal is facing as it moves closer to a vote on the House floor.

At times, Florida’s foster care system can seem to be a revolving door. Children are typically in and out of several different homes. Senate President Wilton Simpson has made it his priority to stop kids being bounced from place-to-place. Simpson, along with Republican Senator Jason Brodeur, are spearheading an effort to provide more stability to children who may find themselves in unstable situations. Lynn Hatter checks in with that story.

Mary Ellen Klas, chief of the combined Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Capital Bureau, has been covering the way state government in Florida has been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and shares those insights with Tom Flanigan.

Florida lawmakers are trying to make it harder to sue farmers. They say it’s to prevent conflicts between existing farms and city dwellers who moved in next door. But as Robbie Gaffney reports, environmentalists fear it’s actually to protect the practice of sugarcane burning in South Florida, which has resulted in a federal lawsuit.

Kids who need hearing aids shouldn’t have to count on their parents to pay those costs out of pocket. A new set of hearing aids today can cost nearly 5-thousand dollars, a price many families can’t easily afford. Regan McCarthy reports a Florida senator is working to make sure insurance companies cover those costs instead.