The Florida Senate approves a bill to protect businesses from COVID-19 liability lawsuits. Democrats tried to change the bill and Republicans shot down every amendment before passing the bill on a 24-15 vote.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Gov. Ron DeSantis presides over a roundtable discussion on COVID-19 with doctors who share his view that lockdowns are dangerous. And they all think the media screwed the pooch.
— The Department of Health reports 99 new fatalities and more than 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday.
— The Governor also meets with officials from the pari-mutuel industry to talk about a new gambling bill. Senate President Wilton Simpson says they may or may not be drafting a bill this weekend.
— Senators vote to close a loophole in state law that allowed a child molester to keep his name off the sex offender list by simply refusing to pay court-ordered fines after doing time.
— A bill to limit the strength of medical marijuana sold in Florida passes a second committee in the House.
— And finally, a Florida Man who once served in the Legislature is accused of hiring a straw man candidate to rig a South Florida election.