April 12, 2021
Democrats are the minority in the Florida Legislature. So much so that their number are too small to really impact any policy. But that’s not stopping them from trying to sway public opinion. Lynn Hatter reports House Democratic leaders are targeting proposals like a ban on transgender kids playing school sports, criminal justice reform and Florida’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gannett/USA Today Capital Bureau Chief John Kennedy gives his analysis of how the Florida Legislative Session has been going as lawmakers are just three weeks from the finish.
A bill to address the impacts of sea level rise and flooding has been approved by the Florida Legislature and is heading to the governor’s desk. There, it’s expected to be signed into law. Environmentalists say the bill is a step in the right direction, but say more needs to be done to address the root cause of climate change. Robbie Gaffney reports.
Capital Reporter Valerie Crowder has been following the state waiving its all-important standardized tests for students, most schools and maybe public school teachers. But there are several “buts” in the plan and the waiver is for this school year only.