Nick Evans

Reporter/Producer

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University.  He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU.  While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter.  Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years.  He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan.  When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.

Rep. Mike LaRosa is sponsoring a measure keeping local governments from writing special requirements for short-term, vacation rentals.
Florida House of Representatives

The Florida House has approved a measure aimed at keeping local governments from restricting residents from renting out their homes.  Any ordinances would have to apply to all residences.

Florida House of Representatives

Lawmakers are criticizing the committee charged with drafting Florida’s environmental spending plan.  

Budget conference beginning.
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Budget talks have begun—or at least the public face of them have started.  Lawmakers are planning an extremely tight timeline.

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House lawmakers could be in for a long fight over medical marijuana when it hits the floor.  The bill’s sponsor is finding common ground with the Senate, but Democrats have filed 25 amendments.

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Spending offers are flying back and forth between House and Senate leaders.  But Nick Evans reports time is running short on this year’s legislative session.

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Medical marijuana measures in the House and Senate are heading to the floor.  Lawmakers are making some last minute adjustments ahead of negotiations.

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The Florida House is getting an earful from medical marijuana proponents over its plan for implementing Amendment Two.

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A measure aimed at making it easier for cellular companies to add hardware to telephone poles is heading to the house floor.  Supporters say the move is necessary to meet growing demands on bandwidth, but opponents call it an industry handout.

The Florida Channel

Senate President Joe Negron is washing his hands of outgoing Senator Frank Artiles.  

Greyhounds racing
Rainer Hungershausen

The Florida House has approved a proposal banning the use of steroids in greyhound racing.  

Rep. James Grant (R-Tampa)
Florida House of Representatives

State lawmakers are attempting to bring wills into the twenty first century.

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A measure placing gambling warnings on Florida lottery tickets is heading for the House floor.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
Florida Channel

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is stressing caution as fires rage across the state.  

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The medical marijuana provisions implementing amendment two are trudging ahead in the House and Senate.  But the chambers’ proposals remain very different.

Governor Rick Scott.
The Florida Channel

Florida Governor Rick Scott is now calling for $100 million dollars in tourism money—almost 25 percent more than he outlined in his spending plan early this year.  

Jeanette Shepherd speaking at the Florida Capitol.
Nick Evans

State leaders are attempting to make amends for the Groveland Four—a group of black men wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in the 1940s.  It’s one of two major apologies lawmakers are planning this year. 

The Florida Channel

State lawmakers are trying to assert greater control over boards that step in when local governments or school boards become insolvent.  Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala is carrying the bill in the Senate.

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The infusion of 1.5 billion dollars in the state budget to help cover health care for low income Floridians could go a long way toward bridging the divide between the House and Senate spending plans. 

Barrel Room at the St. Augustine Distillery
Nick Evans

A Senate panel has approved a measure allowing craft distillers to sell more spirits directly.  The idea is garnering support from unlikely sources.

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The Florida House has approved a plan to give bonuses to teachers and principals.  But critics take issue with handing out money based on test scores that are sometimes decades old.

Screenshot of the Video provided by Charles Kinsey's attorney, Hilton Napolean.

A North Miami police officer is facing charges for shooting a behavioral therapist in high-profile incident last year.

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Senate Democrats are huddling to discuss proposed changes to nursing home funding.  Nick Evans reports the chamber’s spending plan alters the way Medicaid dollars flow to facilities.

Four Star Freightliner President Jerry Kocan at the worksite of his new location.
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The Florida House wants to eliminate Enterprise Florida, an agency responsible for recruiting businesses to the state.  But some worry the House’s crusade against one agency could hamper broader economic efforts.

Then Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala).  He now serves in the Florida Senate.
Florida House of Representatives

The Florida Senate has unanimously approved a statewide standard for eyewitness identification.

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The Florida House is forging ahead with a measure funneling millions of dollars to a pregnancy support organization that opposes abortion.  The move could sideline Planned Parenthood.

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