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February 25, 2022

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed off on a measure that extends COVID liability protections for healthcare providers such as hospitals and nursing homes. Under the bill, the protections first put in place last year will continue through June of 2023. But as Regan McCarthy reports some lawmakers worry the provisions are too broad.

As we heard on yesterday’s Capital Report, the Florida House has passed a number of controversial measures impacting what’s taught in schools. One of these, which relates to teaching about racial issues, is called “H.B.7” WLRN’s Luis Hernandez talked with nationally syndicated Miami-based columnist Leonard Pitts over the implications of the bill.

More than a hundred billboards attacking former President Donald Trump’s influence on the Republican Party surround Orlando — where the Conservative Political Action Conference is taking place this year. As Valerie Crowder reports, the billboard ads are paid for by a neoconservative group that represents Republicans who’ve left their party as Trump’s influence over the GOP has grown.

Landlords in Florida may soon be allowed to charge monthly, nonrefundable fees to tenants in lieu of a security deposit. Gina Jordan reports the House has approved a bill that would give renters the option of avoiding a down payment they may not be able to afford.

Florida’s troubled Everglades got a $1 billion dollar windfall last month [JANUARY] when the White House slipped a handful of environmental restoration projects into a new infrastructure spending package. Overall, the trillion-dollar plan is intended to address the national backlog of neglected roads, ports and other projects. WLRN’s Jenny Staletovich explains what a billion dollars will buy and how it could improve conditions in one of the world’s largest wetlands.

Last year, biologists were dealt a crushing blow—an endangered woodpecker, native to the Southeast U.S. was declared extinct. Now, as Rob Diaz de Villegas reports, some are declaring victory for another endangered woodpecker. But is it too soon to say the red cockaded woodpecker is saved?