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October 22, 2021

Governor DeSantis issued an unexpected call for a special legislative session late this week. As Tom Flanigan reports, the governor wants lawmakers to ban the imposition of public sector employee vaccine requirements by the federal government.

An administrative law judge is weighing a Department of Health rule governing school mask mandates. The two-day trial kicked off Thursday in Tallahassee. Lynn Hatter reports the districts argued the state overstepped its authority when it issued the rule, but the state said those claims are overblown. And a note about the audio. The hearing was broadcast over zoom. But the attorneys were not properly mic’d. Some of their remarks may be a little tough to hear.

When a Republican state House member filed a Texas-style abortion bill in Florida last month, activists called the move potentially devastating. But now Regan McCarthy reports even the staunchest supporters of abortion regulation say the measure is unlikely to move forward.

As more Floridians go back to work, issues remain with the state’s unemployment assistance system. Robbie Gaffney reports.

As head of the State Board of Administration, Ash Williams managed billions of dollars’ worth of state investments, including state worker pensions. Williams held the job for five years in the 1990s, then went to the private sector. He was lured back to Florida in 2008 in the midst of an economic crisis. Williams retired last month (September). Gina Jordan sat down with him to talk about Florida’s finances -– and why he agreed to return as the chief investor of state funds during a recession…

Florida’s Democratic primary race for governor has three high-profile contenders after Senator Annette Taddeo of Miami-Dade County announced her candidacy earlier this week [Monday, Oct. 18]. Taddeo is vying for the party's nomination against Congressman Charlie Crist and state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. Valerie Crowder spoke with long-time Democratic strategist Steve Schale about what this means for the race heading into next year’s elections.