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Capital Report: March 7, 2024

Florida lawmakers are making good on their promise to ease regulations on the state’s public schools while curbing school book challenges. Lynn Hatter reports a series of bills doing just that and more are heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis for consideration.

After years of uncertainty epilepsy services are set to see their first stable source of funding for the state. The money, say providers will help hundreds of thousands of Floridians, their families and their caregivers. Margie Menzel reports.

Proposed behavioral health teaching hospitals will help ensure more Floridians have access to the help they need by growing the state’s mental health workforce . A plan that begins designating such hospitals is on its way to the governor. Regan McCarthy reports it’s part of a larger healthcare access package that Senate President Kathleen Passidomo has made a priority this year.

The Florida Senate will not be confirming Moms For Liberty co-founder Tina Deschovitz to the Florida Ethics Commission. But Governor DeSantis could still reappoint her when her present term ends in June.

Mouthing off to law enforcement is set to become a criminal offense. Tristan Wood reports the legislature has passed a bill making it illegal to harass any first responder.