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January 12, 2022

Florida lawmakers and their staff have been working to draft the next decade's congressional and state legislative district maps over the last few months. This week the state Senate narrowed down several drafts to a single plan for both the U-S House and its own chamber’s districts. As Valerie Crowder reports, a committee will consider each plan tomorrow [Thursday]….

A plan that would allow local ordinances to get automatically blocked if they’re challenged is moving ahead. The proposal goes hand-in-hand with another measure that would let businesses sue local governments over policies that cause a revenue loss of 15 percent or more. Lynn Hatter reports, local government groups say the bill is better, but they’re still worried about it impact.

The Florida Legislature is making a return trip to vacation rental legislation. Gina Jordan reports on a long-running effort to determine how much say municipalities should have in regulating vacation rental properties.

Florida’s economy is on the rebound. But the state’s small businesses insist they’d be in even better shape if they only had enough people to take advantage of it. Bill Herrle with the National Federation of Independent Business tells Tom Flanigan all about it.

Access to hearing aids can a have significant impact on the lives of kids who are hearing impaired. But sometimes cost can limit that access. Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers are looking into a measure that would require private insurance companies to provide hearing aid coverage for people through the age of 21.