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April 20, 2021

Florida lawmakers want to expand school choice, but what that will look like remains uncertain. Lynn Hatter reports the House is nearing a vote on its plan, while the Senate is expected to take up its version tomorrow (Wednesday.) Still, the chambers remain far apart.

Florida lawmakers are once again pushing for reforms to the state’s alimony system. Kevin Del Orbe reports the issue garnered discussion today (Tuesday) on the House floor.

A plan restricting transgender women and girls from playing on female sports teams was dealt a critical setback today (Tuesday.) The bill was temporarily postponed during its last committee stop and its sponsor says there may not be enough time to revisit the bill this session. Robbie Gaffney has more.

In Florida, when a baby suffers a neurological or spinal cord injury during birth, a program called NICA (NIH-cuh), or the Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association, helps to pay for the lifetime care of that child. But a recent Miami Herald article that raised concerns about the program has caused lawmakers to take a deeper look at the program. Regan McCarthy reports a House measure to make changes to NICA reached its final committee stop earlier this week.

Florida State University researchers have been studying the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Valerie Crowder reports they provided some lessons learned during a conference call today (Tuesday.)