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Capital Report: March 9, 2023

For years, Florida Republicans have been trying to make local school board races partisan, but this may be the year it finally happens—IF Florida voters agree. The move comes after a contentious election where Gov. Ron DeSantis targeted several local school board members as part of his ongoing effort to counter so-called “wokeness” in public schools. Lynn Hatter has more.

There’s no lack of really serious matters facing the Florida Legislature this year. But when it comes to a direct impact on public school kids and their parents, there are few issues that get folks more fired up than when school starts in the morning.

School start times for many of the state’s middle and high schoolers would shift under a bill that passed its first committee today (Thursday). Gina Jordan reports the goal is to get teenagers more – and better – sleep.

The Florida Senate has passed a bipartisan measure aimed at creating more affordable housing for working families. As Valerie Crowder reports, the measure is now headed to the House where it’s expected to pass…

Tom Flanigan reports a bill allowing concealed weapons to be carried in Florida without a state permit, training or background check requirement is now headed for a full senate vote.

Margie Menzel looks ahead to Friday’s Capitol action.