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November 12, 2021

Florida lawmakers are returning to Tallahassee to take up a slate of bills that would push back against the federal government’s vaccine mandates. Lynn Hatter explains what’s ahead, and why the state is trying to curb vaccine requirements issued by governmental entities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently approved the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. The children’s dose is one-third of what adults get. WLRN’s Veronica Zaragovia spoke with Doctor Alanna Sedor [ah-LAY-nah SEE-dore), a South Florida pediatrician who’s feeling an urgency to vaccinate this newly eligible age group.

Florida is expected to get about 19 billion dollars from a federal infrastructure package awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature. Most of the money would fund repairs to the state’s roads, bridges and airports. It also sets aside money to expand access to high-speed internet. As Valerie Crowder reports, that’s a need across the state, especially in rural communities…

Does the name “Florida Governor Roger Stone” have a ring to it? The former Donald Trump confidante thinks it might and he spoke with Steve Bousquet about the possibility of his seeking the office as a Libertarian if current Governor DeSantis doesn’t change his ways.

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would give local governments the power to regulate smoking at public parks and beaches. Regan McCarthy reports right now that power belongs to the state

Children’s Home Society of Florida is looking for families to host student senate pages this session. Chelsea Long reports the organization welcomes 5 to 8 senate pages from around the state to the capital every year. This year they’re hoping to host at least 18.