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Capital Report: 3-11-2020

Florida lawmakers have added several new tax cuts to the budget they’re crafting.  But at the same time, they need to set aside more reserve funding as COVID-19 continues its spread in the state.  It’s called “cognitive dissonance” and Steve Bousquet has been following it.

The World Health Organization has formally declared the coronavirus a pandemic. The move comes as some Florida colleges and universities prepare to suspend in-person classes and shift toward online learning. As fears of contagion spread, Governor Ron DeSantis is now limiting access to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Lynn Hatter has more.

Should only Florida’s public employers be compelled to vet their employees through the federal E-Verify database?  What about contractors and other private employers?  It’s a quandary and Ryan Dailey has the latest.

A measure that will let advanced practice registered nurses work without the oversight of a doctor is on its way to the governor’s desk. Regan McCarthy reports the bill is a major priority of House Speaker Jose Oliva.

Pharmacists could soon test, screen, and treat various sicknesses. A proposal to do that is on its way to the governor’s desk. Robbie Gaffney reports.

The Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights bill started out as a Senate bill but Tuesday the house made it its own with a large amendment that added disability insurance provisions for student athletes. Blaise Gainey has that story and what’s going on at the federal level with student athlete pay.