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Capital Report: 3-6-2020

The Florida Senate has passed a bill officially requiring cities and counties to report crisis situations to the state Department of Emergency Management. Ryan Dailey reports an eleventh-hour amendment expands local officials’ access to state level conversations during emergencies.

With Florida House and Senate still nearly 1.5 billion dollars apart in their budget plans, Lynn Hatter tells Tom Flanigan it will be a long, tough weekend as lawmaker start the reconciliation process.

Florida lawmakers are hoping to combat rising cases of depression and suicidal thoughts among children. According to a state analysis, more than 36,000 minors were Baker Acted from 2017 to 2018. A proposal seeking to reduce the amount of children getting Baker Acted passed a full house chamber vote. Robbie Gaffney reports.

Florida lawmakers are working on a plan to allow college athletes to earn money for their name, image and likeness. The move comes after California created a path for college athletes to be compensated, forcing the NCAA to consider making changes.  Now with a week left in session, Blaise Gainey reports lawmakers in the Senate are questioning whether any potential loopholes in the bill would give universities an advantage in recruiting.

Drones could soon be used to hunt invasive animals, like pythons, and help fire fighters put out wildfires under a bill that’s now on its way to the governor. Regan McCarthy has more

The first new coastal flood maps in 40 years are out, and many property owners across Florida are seeing changes in their flood risk. But as Kerry Sheridan reports, these maps do not include sea level rise forecasts.

What else is likely to happen during next week’s lawmaking session?  Here’s Gina Jordan.

This weekend we make the switch back to Daylight Saving Time---as we "spring forward."  As WUSF's Susan Giles Wantuck [jylz onetuck] reports, a recent unscientific poll taken by WUSF shows there's a big divide when it comes to what Floridians want with regard to changing their clocks.