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March 12, 2021

A controversial Republican-sponsored bill that aims to crack down on violent protests is on its way to a full vote in the Florida House after clearing its final committee stop. A Valerie Crowder reports, state lawmakers have amended the bill’s language in an effort to address First Amendment concerns.

One thing that Florida Democrats and Republicans seem to agree on: the 2020 election was pretty near perfect insofar as the mechanics of it went. But a powerful Republican senator is insisting additional tweaks are needed to ensure future elections will go as swimmingly. WLRN’s Danny Rivero and Caitie Switalski Munoz teamed up to dig into the issue.

Lawmakers are trying to provide relief to Floridians who can’t pay their utility bills. They’ve filed a proposal that would allow families to go on a repayment plan to work down those outstanding bills. More from Robbie Gaffney.

Central Florida Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy is calling on the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate a sharp spike in manatee deaths in the Indian River Lagoon.WFME Envionmental Reporter Amy Green has that story.

It seems the state of Florida is a seething hotbed of extremism. More on that from WUSF’s Steve Newborn.

Florida lawmakers say one of the few good things that came out of the pandemic was an executive order from Governor Ron DeSantis allowing restaurants and bars to offer to-go drinks. Now they’re advancing a bill to make sure that change sticks around, along with a few other changes to state beverage law. Regan McCarthy has more.