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Capital Report: 2-27-2020

Governor Ron DeSantis updated media this morning (Thursday) about Coronavirus, or Covid-19, and how Florida is monitoring the international outbreak. Right now, there are no confirmed cases in the state. But Ryan Dailey reports some people have been quarantined on suspicion they could be infected. Senate Democrats want more transparency about who is being monitored and where.

As the plan to combine New College of Florida and Florida Polytechnic with the University of Florida advances, cost questions are cropping up—specifically, whether the state will save money.  Critics says lawmakers need to slow down in order to get a full accounting of the plan, but Lynn Hatter reports the state’s top two legislative leaders say they’re not worried.

A bill that would require public employers to check the immigration status of new hires through e-verify got its first hearing in a House committee today (Thursday). The issue is a priority of Governor Ron DeSantis and as Regan McCarthy reports some are questioning why it’s been allowed to languish in the House for so long.

Every car owner in Florida must have Personal Injury Protection coverage, known as PIP — it's mandatory. That hasn’t changed in nearly 50 years, but what has changed is the price of coverage. Florida is one of the top 5 most expensive states for car insurance. Lawmakers want to lower the cost by eliminating PIP. Blaise Gainey has the details.

Holocaust history lessons could be expanded in Florida if a bill heading to the Senate Floor becomes law. Teachers would show current examples of anti-Semitism as well as historic ones, among other requirements. Robbie Gaffney reports a holocaust survivor came to the capitol to support the proposal.

Lawmakers are concerned high school students don’t have proper access to information about federal loans. Now, Kayla Gallagher reports they’re considering a bill that would require students to apply for federal aid.