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January 26, 2022

Florida Democrats walked out of a confirmation hearing Wednesday for Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo [LAD-uh-poh]. Regan McCarthy reports despite the protest, Republicans in the Senate Health Policy Committee voted to give Ladopo their support.

Conversations and training around race and gender issues could become severely curtailed under a proposal advancing in the Florida House. House Bill 7 is part of several different efforts along the same lines that are advancing simultaneously in the legislature. The bill sponsor claims the effort isn’t racist—that it’s meant to encourage open dialogue, but as Lynn Hatter reports, Democrats and minority groups are not buying the justification.

A Florida effort to allow parents more say in what materials are used in classrooms and school libraries has a parallel companion in Georgia. The two Republican-led states are sharing more than just a common border. WFSU News Director Lynn Hatter spoke with WABE reporter Christopher Alston about Georgia’s version of a plan opponents are calling a “book ban.”

In the last two decades, efforts have been made to shrink Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, which is backed by Florida taxpayers. However, Citizens is growing rapidly again as lawsuits drive up premiums in the private home insurance market. Now, Gina Jordan reports legislation seeks to once again curb the number of policies held by Florida’s so-called “insurer of last resort.”

One of Florida’s most respected medical educators says many of today’s patients – steeped in myths and misinformation – need education every bit as much as doctors and nurses in-training.