A week in news
Here's a recap of this week's news:
One-year anniversary of Jan. 6
Thursday was the one-year anniversary of the attack on the capitol as supporters of former President Donald Trump were hoping to block lawmakers from certifying Joe Biden's 2020 election win. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made remarks yesterday. Watch them here if you missed it.
With the new, highly-transmissible Omicron variant, some things from 2020-2021 are making a comeback. The City of Pensacola has returned to sharing its hospital data and Escambia County resumed its COVID dashboard. And Ascension Sacred Heart has resumed its drive-thru testing.
Florida lawmakers returning for 2022 session
Florida lawmakers are preparing to kick off their annual lawmaking session which begins on Jan. 11. The agenda comes amid both an election and redistricting year which will see Republicans try to boost their numbers and win all statewide contests while Democrats try to hold their ground. All with no COVID restrictions.
Florida's bill on smoking on the beach
The regulation of smoking in public spaces is once again being considered in the Florida legislature. Florida Senate Bill 224 and companion House Bill 105 are being filed for the fourth year in a row. If passed, city governments would be able to regulate smoking in public beaches and parks.
Thank you for your service
Lawrence Brooks, the oldest known living American veteran of World War II, died early Wednesday morning, according to the National World War II Museum. He was 112. Read more here.
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