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March 18, 2021

Hundreds of Florida teachers, some representing thousands of union faculty members, were in Tallahassee yesterday (Wednesday) to protest a bill they call “anti-educator.” From WMNF in Tampa, Daniel Fegueroa the Fourth reports the bill went on to clear Wednesday’s Senate committee meeting anyway, but teachers aren’t giving up the fight.

Transgender athletes would effectively be banned from playing in girls’ or women’s school sports under a bill moving forward in the Florida Legislature. Robbie Gaffney reports L-G-B-T-Q advocates say the proposal is harmful to transgender youth.

Legislation that would make it harder for people to sue businesses for failing to follow coronavirus safety protocols came up for a vote in the Florida Senate today (Thursday.) Business associations and health care provider groups have backed the bill, but not everyone is in favor of the measure. Valerie Crowder spoke with personal injury lawyer Michael Feiner.

A controversial bill aimed at capping the amount of T-H-C in medical cannabis continues to inch closer to the Florida House floor. Kevin Del Orbe reports on the reaction the measure is garnering from physicians and members of the cannabis community.

From WUSF in Tampa, Steve Newborn tells us about a bill that would provide more resources for local governments beset by flooding.

As part of an effort to help seniors stay in their homes, Florida lawmakers are looking into a plan to offer breaks on items like grab bars and shower seats that can help people live independently. Regan McCarthy has that story.