April 5, 2021
The League of Women Voters of Florida is out with a report casting the state’s largest tax credit scholarship agency as a, quote: “A money management/marketing firm operating as a charity.” The League is also blasting a legislative effort to consolidate Florida’s multiple school choice programs. Lynn Hatter reports the voting rights organization says a plan to transition the programs into education savings accounts is a bad idea. But Step Up for Students says, the League’s claims are based on misleading and outdated information.
Lawmakers are considering a proposal to take money from an affordable housing trust fund and put it toward environmental initiatives. But housing advocates and environmentalists say that takes away money from housing programs the state of Florida desperately needs. We get more on the story from Robbie Gaffney.
All adults in Florida are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 shot. Residents lined up at vaccination clinics across the state today (Monday.) As Valerie Crowder reports, hundreds of Tallahassee residents were among those getting the shots on the campus of Florida A&M University.
One of the main jobs for a local government is to make decisions about zoning. Which areas should be residential and which should be for businesses. One bill being considered in Tallahassee right now, would transfer a lot of that power to the state capital. From WLRN in Miami, Danny Rivero has the story.
Some Florida leaders and lawmakers are hoping there’s still time this session to move legislation forward that would expand marijuana use beyond the state’s current medical-only program. They’re also hoping to stop legislation that could shrink the current program, as we hear from Regan McCarthy.