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April 8, 2022

LGBTQ students, parents and teachers say they’re already feeling the chilling effect of legislation they call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. As Sarah Mueller reports, civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the implementation of the measure, which Governor DeSantis signed into law on March 28th.

What happens in local government doesn’t always stay there. Leon County Schools has found itself at the center of several key pieces of legislation aimed at curbing school powers. Among the biggest—a new law that prevents schools from making decisions regarding a student’s health and wellbeing WITHOUT consulting with parents. Lynn Hatter reports on how a local fight between the school district and a parent, resulted in what opponents are calling the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Lately, there’s been a conflict between Republicans in Florida, including Governor Ron DeSantis, and The Walt Disney Company. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports on the origins of special rules for Disney.

A new law requires patients at places like nursing homes and assisted living facilities to be allowed at least two visiting hours with a designated caregiver or family member each day—even during public health emergencies. Meanwhile, the time nursing home residents will get daily with Certified Nursing Assistants is decreasing. Regan McCarthy reports the changes come in two bills signed by the governor this week (4/6/22).

The number of people in Florida with Alzheimer’s is projected to jump by 24 percent over the next few years. That’s 140-thousand MORE Floridians who are expected to be diagnosed with the disease by 2025. That data was recently released in this year's Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report from the Alzheimer’s Association. WLRN’s Tom Hudson spoke with Lisa Wiese [we-see] about the report. Wiese is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University.

Florida has fallen short of its recycling goals. The state was supposed to be recycling 75 percent of waste by 2020. That figure is only 50% today. Valerie Crowder reports, one challenge is the need for more education about what’s garbage and what’s recyclable.