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May 27, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved new laws the state hopes will calm a chaotic property insurance market, and eventually lead to rate decreases for homeowners. But some lawmakers and industry analysts say they worry the packages don’t deliver relief fast enough and don’t go far enough for property owners to see a difference. Sarah Mueller has more.

Florida Democrats want the state’s Republican leaders to do MORE to address gun violence. The most recent mass shooting at a Texas Elementary School coupled with another at a Buffalo supermarket, is bringing up tragedies of the past, and reigniting the long-simmering battle over how and should there be limits on gun possession. Lynn Hatter brings us the story.

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe versus Wade, federal protection for the right to an abortion will end and it will be up to individual states to determine whether the procedure is lawful. In Florida, some legal scholars say a challenge to the state's new 15-week abortion ban will almost certainly cite the state constitution's right to privacy amendment. WUSF's Cathy Carter recently spoke with Stetson University law professor Louis [LEW-is] Virelli [Vi-RELL-lee].

Florida's new chief elections officer met for the first time this week with his most important constituency --- the state's 67 supervisors of elections ... Steve Bousquet was in the coastal resort community of Sandestin for Byrd’s introduction.

TIME Magazine has named Equality Florida director Nadine Smith as one of its “100 most influential people” of the year. WMFE’s Danielle Prieur spoke with Smith about her activism, starting with how she’s thinking about the current wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation to hit Florida, including what’s been deemed by Democrats as the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law.

There have been more than 200 book bans across Florida in the past year. That, from a report by PEN America. Many of the targeted books are centered around people of color, and LGBTQ characters. Advocates worry more challenges are on the way under a new state law that goes into effect in July. WLRN ‘s Kate Payne spoke with Michelle Jarrett, president of the Florida Association for Media in Education. They represent school librarians.

The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins next Wednesday. Jessica Meszaros from WUSF in Tampa, decided to follow the advice of local and state emergency managers and check out how resilient her new home might be in order to weather whatever storms may come her way.