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Capital Report: June 2, 2023

Hundreds of protesters rallied in cities around Florida this week against the state’s new immigration law. WMNF’s Josh Holton reports.

Florida is one of about 20 states that allow voters to amend their constitutions. Here, voters have approved amendments like boosting the minimum wage, restoring voting rights to former felons, and banning smoking inside offices. Now, WLRN’s Veronica Zaragovia reports an effort is underway to preserve abortion rights in the Florida constitution.

June is Pride Month and Florida’s first openly gay Senator, say this year’s commemoration is especially important. Regan McCarthy has more.

Free classes are underway in the Tampa Bay region to teach members of the LGBTQ community self-defense skills. The effort comes with the passage of some new Florida laws. The Department of Homeland Security also warns threats of violence have increased against the LGBTQ community nationally. WUSF's Stephanie Colombini visited a recent class at a Crossfit Gym in Clearwater.

A potential class action lawsuit alleging state discrimination against Florida A&M—an historically Black public university—is moving forward. As Margie Menzel reports, for some, the case is a continuation of the school’s long-held tradition of student activism.

Hurricane season is underway, along with Florida’s sales tax holiday for storm supplies. Rollins College professor Mike Gunter says the amount people spend on hurricane prep varies depending on their most recent exposure to a natural disaster. He spoke with WMFE's Talia Blake.

Mental health organizations that serve the Fort Myers Beach community are ready to lend a hand to residents. They hosted a Resiliency Roundup this week, and WGCU’s Cary Barbor was there.

Finally tonight, two sea animals rescued after being affected by red tide off Florida's west coast are now back in the Gulf. WGCU environmental writer Tom Bayles tells their story.