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March 31, 2021

In Florida, COVID-19 vaccines become available to everyone 16 and older on Monday [April 5th]. As more people get vaccinated, the discussion to carry a vaccine passport is starting to take root. These are documents that show proof of inoculation. The idea is to help businesses. But as WLRN’s Julian Quintana reports, state government - especially Governor DeSantis - is NOT on board.

Florida state lawmakers have crafted legislation that would change rules surrounding vote by mail and ballot drop boxes. Those haven’t garnered support from elections supervisors across the state, but at least a couple other proposals have attracted supervisors’ approval. One of those changes would include allowing counties to operate ‘Super Voting” sites and making voters’ personal information private. Valerie Crowder spoke with Lake County Elections Supervisor Alan Hays about the proposals moving through the legislature. Hays is also the legislative chair of the Florida Supervisors of Elections.

Florida Politics Reporter Renzo Downey talks with Tom Flanigan about a move by Florida lawmakers to divert a portion of the state’s affordable housing trust fund into paying for local infrastructure improvements to contain sea level rise.

More than 350-thousand people experience sudden cardiac arrest each year. Immediate CPR from a bystander can be the difference between life and death. But Florida is one of only about a dozen states that doesn’t require its students to learn CPR before graduating. Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers heard testimony in committee this week from members of the public whose family members and loved ones needed help from someone trained in CPR.