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March 9, 2021

A plan to steer Bright Futures Scholarship money to students pursuing in-demand degree fields is picking up support from Florida House and Senate leaders. The bill limits program funding from going to student who avoid majors the state deems critical for its workforce. Lynn Hatter has more.

Republicans in the Florida Legislature are trying to make it harder to pass constitutional amendments through citizen initiatives. Kevin Del Orbe (del-OR-bay) reports a Senate proposal cleared its first committee over the objections of activists and Democrats.

Local governments wouldn’t be able to regulate things like gas stations under a bill advancing through the Florida Senate. Robbie Gaffney reports the measure would reserve that power to state government only.

In Florida, registered voters’ home addresses are public record. Elections supervisors are once again lobbying state lawmakers to limit who has ready access to this personal identifying information. As Valerie Crowder reports, proponents argue the move could help lessen the chances voters will become victims of fraud.

A bill to help veterans address their mental health needs has just one hurdle left to clear before reaching the floor in both chambers of the Florida Legislature. Regan McCarthy reports the measure would create a central dispatch number where veterans can get everything from peer-to-peer support to service referrals.

For the first time in its history, the Professional Movers Association of Florida has a woman as its president. Gloria Pugh talks to Tom Flanigan about her goals for the organization, particularly her campaign to drive the fly-by-night operators from the industry.