February 4, 2022
A Florida lawmaker and childhood sexual abuse survivor is pushing back on a measure that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks. She says without exemptions for rape, incest and human trafficking survivors, the measure puts people who have suffered a serious trauma under the added pressure of a difficult deadline. Regan McCarthy has more….
Rooftop solar panels may cost more to hook up under a bill that just passed a Florida House committee. It may also have utility companies paying less for extra energy. Gina Jordan reports opponents say the legislation would hurt the rooftop solar industry and lead to thousands of jobs being lost.
Florida lawmakers are still working on the state’s congressional map — but a legal fight over the future of one Black voting district has already begun. Recently Governor Ron DeSantis sent a letter to the state Supreme Court asking for an advisory opinion on whether Congressional District 5 — which stretches from Gadsden County to Jacksonville — must remain a minority access district. As Valerie Crowder reports, the move has halted the legislature’s progress on drawing the state’s U-S House map.
Legislation further tightening Florida’s voting laws made it through its first committee stop this week. As Sarah Mueller reports, it includes hiring 15 election investigators to look at possible voting crimes.
An old saying in Florida's Capitol goes like this: 'Once a senator, always a senator.' But when it comes to changing the way people vote, that no longer seems to be the case, as Steve Bousquet reports.
The state is still trying to make boats anchored offshore in the Keys move every 90 days. Many liveaboard boaters object to the law, saying it would cause unnecessary risk and environmental damage if they have to haul up secure anchors and move every three months. WLRN's Nancy Klingener [KLING-en-er] reports the Legislature could move up the timeline.