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January 11, 2022

Florida’s Republican leaders touted state lawmakers’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic on the legislature’s opening day of session early Tuesday. But they didn’t indicate that would become a major issue to tackle this year. As Valerie Crowder reports, the senate president focused on spending priorities and the house speaker focused on how lawmakers should approach policy decisions in laying out their vision for the next 60-days...

Florida is a free state and lawmakers should do everything they can to keep it that way. Tom Flanigan reports that message was an overarching theme in Governor DeSantis’s State of the State message to the legislature.

A nearly decade-long effort to close the search process for Florida’s public university presidents is back again. The proposal has been tried and failed several times against opposition from faculty, staff and open government advocates. Lynn Hatter reports this time around—the arguments remain the same.

When kids are in the foster care system, it can sometimes feel like major decisions about their lives are happening without consideration for their input. Lawmakers are looking into a plan to change that, by appointing lawyers to represent the children in many of those cases. But as Regan McCarthy reports, some are worried about what the change could mean for the Guardian Ad Litem program.

There is always so much serious stuff to talk about during the first day of session, we thought we might end this evening’s Capital Report on a somewhat “entertaining” note. A plan to lure more show business to Florida is back. Gina Jordan tells us a bill designed to get the attention of the film and TV industry has passed its first hurdle in the Senate.