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Democrats are calling 2 Republican-led bills in Florida's state legislature — that require former felons to pay a range of fees before they can submit their votes — a modern-day "poll tax" that discourages voting altogether, CNN reports.

The state of play: After a statewide referendum passed in the 2018 midterms restoring 1.4 million Floridian ex-felons' voting rights, Republicans quickly retorted, describing the law as ambiguous. The state House Criminal Justice Committee passed a bill on Tuesday that would order felons to repay court fines and reparations, including "any cost of supervision or other monetary obligation." A comparable bill was introduced in the state Senate's Criminal Justice Committee with a vote anticipated for Monday. The proposed fees are expected to range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, according to Lisa Foster, the co-director of the Fines and Fees Justice Center, an organization that works to cut fees in the U.S. justice system.

Why it matters: The a flood of more than 1 million new voters could significantly impact Florida voting outcomes, which are already often decided by slim margins.

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Schumer: Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

Why it matters: Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. The House voted to impeach the former president on Jan. 13 on a single charge: incitement of insurrection for the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in five deaths.

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CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.

Texas AG sues Biden administration over deportation freeze

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to members of the media in 2016. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden administration in federal district court over its 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants, and he's asking for a temporary restraining order.

Between the lines: The freeze went into effect Friday, temporarily halting most immigration enforcement in the U.S. In the lawsuit, Paxton claims the move "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.