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January 31, 2022

Progressive groups are trying to slow the advancement of several bills that could severely limit discussions of race, sex, gender and history in businesses and public-school classrooms. The measures reflect conservative backlash to the social justice movements, advancements in LGBTQ rights, and increased visibility for transgender people. They’re part of Governor Ron DeSantis’ efforts to push back against the so-called “woke” agenda, but as Lynn Hatter reports, the people most affected by the proposals see them as a regression of hard-fought social progress for short-term political gain.

Florida is looking for more ways to crub its ongoing human trafficking problem. Regan McCarthy reports several bills aimed at protecting victims and cracking down on perpetrators are moving forward in the legislature.

Massive changes to Florida’s election laws, passed by the legislature last year, are now before a federal judge in Tallahassee. South Florida Sun-Sentinel editorial editor and columnist Steve Bousquet is following the proceeding and shares his insights with Tom Flanigan.

The cost of housing in South Florida has increased without pause in the last year. Rents are jumping higher here than almost anywhere else in the nation, pushing people out of areas that were once affordable. An influx of new faces to South Florida from other states have helped drive these prices up among other factors. WLRN's Tom Hudson spoke with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis about the rising rent in his city on the South Florida Roundup.

State and local governments may soon be banned from doing business with transportation companies that knowingly bring undocumented immigrants into Florida. Gina Jordan reports new legislation would add to Florida’s law banning so-called sanctuary cities.