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Florida Legislative Session

  • Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Thursday two bills proposed during the special legislative session that was held this week to address the state's troubled property insurance system.
  • The proposed “Safe Waterways Act” by Calusa Waterkeeper would require the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to issue health advisories and post and maintain warning notices at “public bathing places” where the water has been found to contain fecal bacteria.
  • FGCU political scientists provide insight and analysis of what to expect in Florida’s 2022 legislative session which begins Tuesday.
  • State Health officials reported 6,118 new COVID-19 cases and 120 deaths, Thursday. As of Wednesday, more than 3.1 million people in Florida have been vaccinated, including more than 1.4 million who have received a first dose and more than 1.7 million people who have completed the series.Retail pharmacy sites offering the vaccine like CVS and Publix are now offering doses to K-12 school employees, daycare workers and those extremely vulnerable to the virus due to a medical condition, regardless of age.Florida Democratic leaders like Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried remain critical of the governor’s vaccine rollout, citing another example of an affluent community in the Florida Keys including nearly two dozen financial supports of DeSantis, that was given vaccine priority.A draft Inspector General’s report, this week, details problems with Florida’s unemployment benefit system.A U.S. Census Bureau survey this week reveals that most U.S. businesses are not requiring COVID-19 testing for workers or vaccines when employees become eligible to receive them.Democrats in the Florida House, Thursday, introduced a broad COVID-19 relief bill.
  • Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is growing as Governor Ron DeSantis amended a previous executive order, Monday, to expand vaccine access to teachers, firefighters and law enforcement officers 50 and older. Younger people with medical conditions that would make them extremely vulnerable to the virus can also now get the vaccine through physicians’ offices and pharmacies. Previously that demographic’s access to the vaccine was limited to hospitals.Florida expects to receive 175,000 doses of the newly FDA-approved single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine this week.
  • Lawmakers will convene Florida’s annual legislative session March 2 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be front and center. Legislators are facing a projected $2.75 billion budget deficit due to revenue losses stemming from pandemic-induced shutdowns in 2020. We’ll take a closer look at what’s being considered and what to expect with Florida Gulf Coast University Political Scientists Peter Bergerson, Ph.D., and Roger Green, Ph.D.
  • As the rapidly evolving situation concerning the COVID-19 outbreak dominates news headlines, the Florida Legislature’s recently closed annual session…
  • Florida lawmakers officially kick off the 2020 state legislative session today. Over the course of the 60-day regular session, legislators will be…
  • Florida lawmakers adjourned the state’s annual legislative session, Saturday, with an historic $91.1 billion budget for the coming fiscal year. Although…
  • As WGCU News has been reporting this week, the Florida Legislature’s newly approved budget includes severe cuts to cultural affairs programing. The new…