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Capital Report: March 24, 2023

Gun rights advocates in Florida weren’t entirely pleased with a bill to allow permit-less concealed carry, which passed the House Friday. That’s because it wouldn’t have allowed people to openly carry their firearms. As Valerie Crowder reports, one Republican representative filed an amendment to change that, but withdrew it before it was taken up on the floor…

Should Florida execute criminals who don’t kill anybody? That’s been a hotly debated question, as the legislature considers whether child rapists should be sentenced to death. If the legislation passes, Gina Jordan reports lawmakers on both sides anticipate legal challenges.

A plan to address rising insurance costs by revamping the state’s civil claims and lawsuit processes has gotten the o.k. from Gov. Ron DeSantis. It comes a day after the Florida House approved the bill, but as Lynn Hatter reports, that approval has come over a litany of objections from crime victims, defense attorneys and even some Republicans.

Whether kids can attend performances such as drag shows could soon be out of parent’s hands. A bill from Palm Bay Republican Representative Randy Fine for would punish establishments like restaurants and hotels for such events that quote: “knowingly” let kids in, but opponents say the measure smacks of an anti-LGBTQ agenda. Regan McCarthy has more…

Republican lawmakers are addressing the affordable housing shortage in Florida through a plan now heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. Adrian Andrews reports the The Live Local Act joins a growing list of GOP backed bills that have gotten to DeSantis in record time.

A University of Florida land use research group has released a report suggesting the amount of land in Florida will shrink significantly by the year 2070 due to sea level rise. Tom Flanigan reports that will likely mean moving day for nearly a million Floridians between now and then.

Florida is the country’s fastest growing state, according to the U-S Census Bureau. Lawmakers are trying to reverse the shrinking number of nurses amid this population boom. The Florida Hospital Association predicts a shortfall of nearly 60-thousand nurses by the year 2035. WLRN’s Veronica Zaragovia reports on the state’s new funding program for nursing schools. It’s designed to retain students as well as instructors who are being lured by lucrative nursing jobs elsewhere.