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How Cities and Counties Are Prioritizing American Rescue Plan Funds

Infrastructure was the top investment priority for communities of all sizes, followed by replacing lost public sector revenue, according to a report by ICMA. Within the infrastructure category, the most anticipated project concerns were water and sewer infrastructure, prioritized by 74% of respondents. While many local governments continue to gather information and explore potential investments, some have taken steps to launch or advance initiatives made possible with fiscal recovery funds. 

Florida Politics

Palm Beach and Broward early voting sites introduce ‘Vote & Vax’

Beginning Saturday, early voting in the Primary Special Election for parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties offers more than the chance to pick each parties’ candidates for Congress. Voters can also elect to reduce their chances of getting COVID-19 greatly. Early voting sites in both counties for the Primary Special Election will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations. They are calling it “Vote & Vax.” And it makes sense to Broward County Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott. “Because much of FL-20 (Congressional District 20) is an underserved community, I see this as an opportunity to help busy, hardworking people accomplish two important tasks with one-stop,” Scott texted.

Pensacola News Journal

New bill would ban Florida schools, cities and counties from issuing mask mandates

Amid a series of legal battles, a Senate Republican on Wednesday filed a proposal that would put into state law a ban on school districts requiring students to wear masks. The proposal (SB 452), filed by Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, also would bar cities and counties from requiring people to wear masks or undergo medical procedures or treatments. It came a day after the Florida Department of Health announced it had imposed a $3.57 million fine on Leon County for requiring government employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The bill is filed for consideration during the 2022 legislative session, which will start in January, and is in line with Gov. Ron DeSantis' high-profile attempts to prevent mask and vaccination mandates.