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Budget, bass, bicycle seats: Florida passes big mix of bills

Photo: Arif Maulana
Photo: Arif Maulana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature approved bills that will make it more difficult to vote, create tough penalties for violent protests, shield businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits, ban transgender girls from girls' sports and make it more difficult for citizens to change the constitution.

They also passed bills during the 60-day session that ended Friday dealing with bicycle seats, largemouth bass, bestiality, flying squirrels, the delivery of cocktails and approved a $101.5 billion state budget.

Overall, more than 270 bills were passed including just about all of the priorities of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican leadership.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.