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March 23, 2021

A plan to revamp the state’s Bright Futures Scholarship program is being further watered down amid opposition from parents and students. Lynn Hatter reports the original version of the bill would have tied the higher education scholarship to whether a student’s major led to a job.

Florida workers and their allies in the state Capitol are criticizing a deal that’s been struck between the business community and legislative leaders. Steve Bousquet reports on what’s at stake and how it affects working people across the state.

Florida homeowners are seeing their property insurance rates rising, sometimes by double-digits. Tom Flanigan spoke with Bob Ritchie, the head of Tampa-based American Integrity Insurance, on what the industry sees as a crisis and what they hope the Florida Legislature does to fix it.

A house bill that would rein in lawsuits against residential property insurance companies has cleared its first committee hearing. Kevin Del Orbe reports on the emotional debate the measure provoked as it moved ahead with the support of the lawmaking majority.

Once again lawmakers are pushing to expand the scope of practice for optometrists. A bill moving through the legislaturewould give them the abilityto perform small procedures that supporters say would increase access to care. But as Regan McCarthy reports, the measure is raising alarms from medical doctors and ophthalmologists who say the bill is dangerous and opens the door for professionals who haven’t gone to medical school to perform riskier procedures that could impact a person’s sight