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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our host, WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami.

Social media ban for minors, Florida sends troops to Texas and state Supreme Court tackles abortion

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, a person uses a smart phone in Chicago.
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, a person uses a smart phone in Chicago.

This week on The Florida Roundup, we talk about a proposal to prohibit children 16 and under from creating social media accounts, how Florida’s National and State Guards are being used at the U.S. Southern border, this week’s Florida Supreme Court hearings over the abortion ballot measure, education stories, and a new Florida tax for Netflix subscribers.

Legislature considers social media ban for children under 16

How young is too young in Florida to have a TikTok account, or swipe through Instagram? Many kids in Florida would not be able to sign up for a social media account under legislation gathering bi-partisan support among state lawmakers.

The bill would prohibit minors under age 16 from creating accounts. It would also require social-media platforms to terminate existing accounts that are “reasonably known” by the platforms to be held by minors younger than 16 and would allow parents to request that minors’ accounts be terminated.


  • Rep. Tyler Sirois, Member of the Florida House of Representatives (R-Brevard County).
  • Aaron Mackey, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. 

Gov. DeSantis sends more troops to Texas-Mexico border 

This week, both of Florida’s U.S. Senators voted against a negotiated immigration reform bill focused on the southern border. The bill failed to get enough support to move forward.

Earlier this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he was additional members of the Florida State Guard available to Texas, which is in a dispute with the federal government about undocumented immigrants entering the country.


  • Julian Aguilar, reporter for The Texas Newsroom based in El Paso, TX. 

State Supreme Court reviews abortion rights ballot measure 

The Florida Supreme Court will decide if Floridians get to vote on a proposed constitutional abortion rights amendment in the 2024 general election. Justices heard oral arguments this week over whether to approve or reject the language in the measure.

  • Verónica Zaragovia, health reporter for WLRN News. 

Education news 

Dozens of students, parents and teachers spoke out against district-wide book bans at a protest held outside the Brevard County School Board Tuesday night. As WMFE’s Danielle Prieur reports, it was the first time the board voted to ban a book.

Meanwhile, Broward County is having a different kind of debate — how to respond to declining student enrollment.

There are more than 50,000 empty seats in classrooms in Broward County Public Schools and falling enrollment is expected to continue as families opt for homeschooling, private options or charter schools. Broward superintendent Peter Licata says it’s time for the district to make some hard decisions like closing or combining schools.

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