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April 27, 2021

The Senate’s Rules Committee scheduled a last-minute meeting to hear and approve a bill aimed at policing. The proposal is a compromise between the legislative Black Caucus and Republicans. It comes after high-profile deaths of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers. Lynn Hatter has the story.

A Florida House bill that would allow guns in churches that have schools attached to them is now headed for the governor’s desk as we hear from Kevin Del Orbe.

A bill to regulate social media platforms’ ability to censor political speech is nearing passage in the Florida Legislature. The Senate approved the measure yesterday (on Monday.) Now the bill is headed for a third reading in the House after lawmakers adopted an amendment to increase penalties against companies that willingly remove political candidates. Valerie Crowder reports.

A proposal to expand law enforcement’s use of drones is now heading back to the floor of the Florida Senate for a vote. Under the measure, drones could be used to monitor crowds of 50 or more people, among other things. Robbie Gaffney reports Democrats and civil rights advocates have concerns over how the measure will be implemented.

A Florida Senate bill repealing the massive toll road projects known as “M-CORES” passed the Florida House unanimously today (Tuesday.) But as we hear from WMFE’s Joe Byrnes, the northern Turnpike extension from Sumter County to the Suncoast Parkway is still in the works.

A measure that would create a public records exemption for university presidential candidates failed in the Florida Senate today (Tuesday.) Regan McCarthy reports, because the measure would have changed the state’s public records laws, it needed a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

One of the newest members of the Florida Legislature has the most Twitter followers and definitely seems like a young man in a hurry. Steve Bousquet takes a closer look at Democratic Representative Omari Hardy, who may be on the political stage for a long time to come.