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March 18, 2022

Florida Democrats are calling out the state’s Republican leaders for focusing on so-called “culture war” bills during the recent legislative session instead of issues they say would more directly impact quality of life. Regan McCarthy has more….

Many of the partisan clashes during this year’s annual lawmaking session became personal as some lawmakers poured out their hearts in an attempt to defeat legislation they opposed. Sarah Mueller has more on that story.

Jim Saunders with the News Service of Florida gives his analysis of this year’s lawmaking session.

A bill that allows businesses to sue local governments over ordinances that cause a loss in profits is headed to the Governor’s desk. But as Brett Rutherford reports environmentalists worry it could have an impact on Florida’s sea turtle population.

Florida is one of four states that hasn’t yet approved a congressional map — all other states have drawn their new U-S House districts well ahead of the November 20-22 elections. As Valerie Crowder reports, the legislature and the governor remain at odds over keeping an African American opportunity district in North Florida.

Governor Ron DeSantis has announced a batch of new funding to address student learning loss. The money comes from federal COVID-19 relief funds. Gina Jordan reports it will be used for after-school programs, reading intervention, and the creation of regional mental health teams.

Capital Report Contributor Steve Bousquet reports this year’s legislative session was heavy on issues that might help GOP candidates at the ballot box, but a lot less focused on action that might actually solve serious Florida problems.