Florida lawmakers are returning to The Capitol for more than two dozen committee hearings this week. COVID-19 and a multibillion-dollar hole in the budget are big concerns.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Gov. Ron DeSantis travels to Bay County to check out a faith-based vaccination center that reaches out to seniors by going through their pastors and ministers.
— DeSantis is also counting on Publix to fight the virus. After a vaccination pilot program at grocery stores in three central Florida counties, the Governor is ready to expand to other parts of the state.
— Seniors now have first shot at the vaccine in Florida, but DeSantis still won’t say who’s next in line and teachers are getting antsy.
— As the Governor tries to speed up the vaccination process, the winter surge of COVID-19 continues with more than 12,000 new cases and 111 new fatalities reported in the past 24 hours.
— Florida Democrats pick former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz to take over as party chair … replacing Terri Rizzo after the GOP cleaned their clock in 2020.
— And finally, two Florida Men: One tried to hide with the trash; the other faces federal charges after Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.