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Capital Report: 03-03-2020

Tom Flanigan has the latest on the coronavirus situation in Florida.

Meanwhile, Florida’s Capital County is beefing up its preparations for the probable arrival of Covid-Nineteen. Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey says there is an action plan in place as Leon County braces for the coronavirus impact. We get that story from Audrianna Thomas.

Time is running out in the regularly-scheduled legislative session with under two weeks to go. There’s talk of an extension solely to hammer out the budget, but bills wouldn’t get any extra time for consideration. Ryan Dailey reports the Senate pushed through a number of bipartisan bills today (Tuesday).

The Florida Senate is coming closer to the House when it comes to letting nurse practitioners practice independently of doctors. Lynn Hatter reports the Senate’s Appropriations Committee has teed the issue up for consideration before the full chamber.

It could soon become harder for regular people to amend the states constitution. Democratic Representatives are calling out their republican colleagues for trying to make the citizen initiative process more difficult. Blaise Gainey has the details.

Many public employees follow a strict gift ban. State law prohibits them from accepting gifts valued over $100 dollars from people who work for organizations like political groups or lobbying firms. It’s part of an effort to ensure those groups can’t have an undue influence on state decisions. But Regan McCarthy reports that can turn into a problem when a state worker gets sick and many of their close friends are lobbyists.

Some significant topics are teed up for consideration during tomorrow’s legislative meetings as we hear from Gina Jordan.

For more than a decade Florida lawmakers have tried and failed to approve the competitive workforce act. This year’s attempt to put statewide protections in place for LGBT Floridians has also died, but as Robbie Gaffney reports, local communities are stepping up.