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Capital Report: 1-23-2020

Senate President Bill Galvano has been under fire for accepting campaign contributions from gun control advocates and for supporting a universal background check bill. Now his colleagues—Republicans and Democrats, are coming to his defense. Lynn Hatter has more.

To the average Florida resident, who ultimately calls the shots in the running of state government agencies may not seem like a big deal.  But, as Steve Bousquet reports, the person who has control of the wheel determines the direction of the vehicle.

Palm Harbor Republican Representative Chris Sprowls wrote a recent op-ed piece. In it, he says life insurance companies can use your genetic test against you. He’s highlighting his bill that would stop that. It passed its last stop before the full chamber Thursday. Blaise Gainey has the details.

Florida lawmakers want to create a “disqualification list” for teachers who commit sexual misconduct with a student. Ryan Dailey reports bills in both chambers are moving, after dying last session.

More high school athletes die from heat stroke in Florida than in any other state. But experts say those deaths are completely preventable. Now a bill is moving through the legislature to require schools to improve better safety policies. Regan McCarthy has more….

Among the many public exemption bills coming up in the Florida House and Senate, there are some that could have major implications on the First Amendment rights of Florida residents. Audriana Thomas and Kayla Gallagher have the story.

The Florida Legislature heads into Friday mode tomorrow as we hear from Gina Jordan.…

Killing a Florida black bear would cost poachers a minimum of 750 dollars under a proposal pending before the legislature. According to the state, there are more than 4,000 black bears living in Florida. Robbie Gaffney reports.