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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Republican-controlled Florida Senate and House have passed a bill to require previously convicted felons to pay fees and fines before having their voting rights restored, the New York Times reports. The legislation is now en route to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk.

The backdrop: In 2018, Floridians voted to pass an amendment allowing ex-felons who completed their sentences to vote. As a result, 1.5 million former felons were able to legally register to restore their voting rights.

Details: Florida Republicans interpret a completed jail sentence as including "restitution, court costs, fines and fees imposed by a judge at sentencing," per the AP. DeSantis, a first-term Republican governor, has reportedly asked state legislators to pass restrictions on allowing felons to vote, per the Washington Post. He declined to comment further on this bill.

Go deeper: Florida House passes bill requiring former felons to pay before voting

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Cuomo says words may have been "misinterpreted" following allegations of harassment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a Feb. 22 news conference. Photo: Seth Wenig/pool/AF via Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a lengthy statement on Sunday saying he " never inappropriately touched anybody" but acknowledged that "some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation," after two of his former aides accused him of sexual harassment.

Why it matters: Prior to Cuomo's statement, in which he adds that he "never inappropriately touched anybody" or meant to make anyone uncomfortable, the governor's office and the state attorney general went back and forth in a public disagreement about how to investigate the allegations.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.