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Lynn Hatter

Lynn Hatter is a  Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative.  When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on Twitter: @HatterLynn.

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  • It’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month and Gov. Ron DeSantis is marking the occasion by signing a new law that bans transgender girls from participating in women’s sports. Florida becomes the 8th state to enact such a ban.
  • Florida State University’s next president is an academic who hails from one of the best schools in the country. Richard McCullough says his working-class background and public school education has prepared him to lead Florida State University into its next phase, as it tries to climb into the top-tier of higher education research institutions in the United States.
  • Parents have long fretted about schools’ ability to circumvent them in critical health decisions regarding their children. Now, those loopholes are getting smaller after the legislature approved provisions requiring parents be notified before their child is sent for an involuntary psychiatric exam. It's part of a years-long effort by parents rights groups and mental health advocates to curb the use of the state's Baker Act on children.
  • The Florida Board of Education is poised to adopt rules that would limit what and how teachers can teach when it comes to civics and history. The proposals are touted as efforts to avoid indoctrinating students on specific ideologies and are part of similar efforts in other parts of the country.
  • Florida State University’s Presidential Search Committee is advancing three finalists for the job and none are lobbyists, politicians or currently employed with the school.
  • The Senate Rules Committee scheduled a last-minute meeting to hear a bill aimed at policing. The proposal is a compromise between the Legislative Black Caucus and Republicans, and comes after high-profile deaths of Black Americans by law enforcement.
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved a bill he says will curb violence and property damage during protests. It’s a response to last summer’s protests following the death of George Floyd and calls to defund the police. DeSantis signed off on the measure Monday at a press conference in Polk County—the same place where he first introduced the proposal seven months ago.
  • Florida Democrats are calling out Republican’s defense of a bill that is aimed at cracking down on violent protests. The measure was first announced by Gov. Ron DeSantis in September, following a summer of protests fueled by the death of George Floyd. The bill is now on its way to the governor’s desk after a heated, and emotional debate on the Senate floor. Now Democrats and activists are considering their next move.
  • Florida’s Senate Rules Committee is preparing to scale down a proposal that would have done away with ballot drop boxes in the name of election reform. Lawmakers will continue to discuss the bill Friday or next week, after time ran out in the committee before a vote could be taken. The plan is still under fire from Democrats and voting rights groups who say the rest of the bill makes it harder for Floridians to vote.
  • The bill is called the Parents Bill of Rights and it gives parents ultimate say in the direction of their child’s education and healthcare planning. Supporters argue the bill clarifies what’s already supposed to happen, but opponents worry the measure may open the door to discriminate against LGBTQ and minority students and allow parents to opt out of immunizations and health exams.
  • A plan to revamp the state’s Bright Futures program is being further watered down amid opposition from parents and students. The original version of the proposal would have tied the higher education tuition scholarship to whether a student’s major leads to a job.
  • Florida lawmakers are continuing a years-long effort to improve internet access in rural areas. The issue again caught lawmakers attention last year when schools and businesses were shuttered, forcing people inside and online. The problem: many Floridians had no, or very little access to broadband services needed for them to go to school, apply for unemployment benefits or see their doctors through telehealth.