At the end of Week One of the 2021 Legislative Session, the House passed two COVID-19 bills: One targets scammers, the other offers businesses protection from COVID-19 liability lawsuits.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— It’s now Week Two of Session, and lawmakers will be dealing with a full slate of issues: a post-mortem on the state’s failed unemployment system, bills to limit voting by mail, guns at churches, and efforts to limit the strength of medical marijuana, among other topics.
— Gov. Ron DeSantis is hinting he’ll be lowering the age limit for a COVID-19 shot this week. His “Seniors First” policy limits vaccinations to folks 65 and up, but the Governor says they’re going to start rolling back the age.
— When the Miami Herald reported last week on a wealthy enclave in the Florida Keys that received thousands of doses of vaccine in January when almost no one else was getting shots, DeSantis tried to defend himself by saying it was not a state site. That may be true, but officials at Baptist Health and the Monroe County Commission say the state authorized the pod, and they were ordered to provide vaccine for the Ocean Reef Club.
— DeSantis was in Winter Haven Friday when a special vaccination site opened for sworn law enforcement officers over the age of 50. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd had a message for anti-vaxxers.
— And finally, stories of two Florida Men — including a guy known as the Naked Cowboy.