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  • On tonight’s program: Lawmakers spent much of today awaiting an expected veto by Governor DeSantis of the bill limiting youthful access to online social media platforms; A measure upping penalties for minors convicted of gun-related crimes has cleared the House and now heads to a full Senate vote; It may take a while to reconcile the House and Senate versions, but both chambers are at least philosophically agreed to limiting Florida county commissioner terms to no more than 8 years; And the Florida House is about to act on a measure increasing educational and job opportunities for the state’s military veterans.
  • On tonight’s program: It appears a bill conferring full legal personhood on fetuses will not pass this legislative session; Parental choice may be blended into a bill allowing older teens to work more hours than current law allows; Not everyone is enamored with the idea of religious chaplains filling the role of trained mental health counselors in Florida schools; The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today about laws in Florida and Texas that ban social media platforms from censoring adult speech; And Governor DeSantis is adding millions of dollars into a fund that helps hurricane victims.
  • Cultural Notes for the week of February 26th.
  • The Garbage Bag Girl is a memoir of a girl negotiating a broken child welfare system. Celeste Edmunds, author, shares here experience of abuse and neglect. "It is a raw, evocative narrative; a must read for all."
  • On tonight’s program: Budget talks between the Florida House and Senate are expected to start on Monday; Governor DeSantis dispatches another batch of Florida military and law enforcement personnel to the U.S. border with Mexico; Despite fits, starts and possible legal pitfalls, social media restrictions for younger kids is headed to Governor DeSantis’s desk; After some tweaks in the Florida Senate, a bill allowing property owners to shoot bears that trespass and pose a threat is heading back to the House; While some lawmakers argue Florida should stop offering services that might attract undocumented immigrants to the state, other say the state should welcome them with open arms; It may be 3 months until the official start of the 2024 hurricane season, but the Accuweather folks are already predicting it’ll be a doozy; Left lane lingering on certain higher-speed roads will become illegal in Florida if a bill headed to Governor DeSantis becomes law; Even though college enrollment is very commonplace today, there are still instances where an individual is the first in their family to seek a higher education; And some University of South Florida students are laboring in the political trenches in advance of this Saturday’s South Carolina Primary Election.
  • Ashley Williams and Kaiyla Thompson from the Gadsden Arts Center and Museum discuss their new exhibit, "Jacob Lawrence: Three Series of Prints."
  • Executive Director of The Artist Series, Melanie Mays, and pianist, Terrence Wilson, discuss the upcoming March 3rd recital.
  • On tonight’s program: The Florida Senate approves social media restrictions for kids under the age of 16; Florida’s Live Healthy plan, a top priority for Senate President Passidomo, is headed for Governor DeSantis’s desk; The Florida House is set to take up a bill banning local governments from enacting any ordinances impacting contractor pay or working conditions; And the full Florida Senate is expected to pass a bill creating a new legal holiday in commemoration of the Tuskegee Airmen.
  • On tonight’s program: A proposal, now ready to go to the full House, would add “unborn child” to a law that allows family members to seek damages when a person's death is caused by such things as wrongful acts or negligence; An effort to make it easier to sue journalists and bloggers for defamation is now heading to the House floor; The Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to approve a bill that would lower the minimum age to buy rifles and other types of long guns from 21 to 18; A controversial proposal to bring back primary election runoffs has been temporarily postponed just days after being filed; And Florida A&M University officials are pushing their funding priorities for the new school year.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida students from kindergarten through 12th grade would be required to learn the dangers of communism under legislation that’s rapidly advancing through the state Senate; Proposed restrictions on social media access for kids under the age of 16 are still being tweaked in the Legislature, while young opponents protest; Those who suffered abuse in now-closed Florida reform schools could receive reparations if a bill now moving through the Legislature passes and becomes law; Democrats and activists are opposing a bill that would change the way renewable energy is used in Florida; And those who coach athletics in Florida schools may soon face a requirement they learn CPR.
  • On tonight’s program: There’s a lot of gambling money coming into state coffers from the gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe and a lot of it is going to environmental projects; Governor DeSantis doesn’t seem to have quite as much clout in the legislature this year and Democratic lawmakers seem quick to point that out; And Florida’s population growth is reducing the ability of the state’s underground aquifer to resist salt water intrusion. A prominent naturalist is documenting the catastrophic impact on coastal freshwater wetlands.
  • Cultural Notes for the week of February 19th.