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March 22, 2021

Tensions over changes to election laws escalated in the Capitol today as Republicans advanced major revisions to voting by mail and counting ballots. As we hear from Steve Bousquet, those changes drew sharp criticism from Democrats and election supervisors as well.

By the year 2050, experts say sea levels could rise by more than 2 and a half feet. Some Florida lawmakers say that could have a big impact on the state’s tourism industry. And those lawmakers have a plan to free up more money to help address the problem. But, as Regan McCarthy reports, members of the tourism industry aren’t sure they like the plan.

More than 37,000 children were sent for involuntary psychiatric exams in Florida during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The number has grown every year for the past decade. Lawmakers are aware of it. So are advocates, law enforcement and state agencies. Legislative solutions remain elusive and proposals on the Baker Act this year appear to be going nowhere. The Southern Poverty Law Center is the latest organization to call out the Baker Act’s use on children. Lynn Hatter recently spoke with the Center’s Bacardi Jackson about the organization’s findings. For more information on this reporting, check out: wfsu.org/committed.

For decades, Florida State University was aware of sexual misconduct allegations against a former professor in its Askew (ASS-cue) School of Public Administration and Policy. The professor abruptly resigned during an investigation against him last year. Robbie Gaffney reports this kind of situation is not new to academia and has raised questions about why it took so long for the school to take action against Richard Feiock, a once highly-regarded political scientist.