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. Ross Spano (R-Dover)
Meredith Geddings via Florida House Website

State lawmakers are attempting to make it easier to identify questionable entries on the voter rolls.

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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants to divert almost $70 million from the state affordable housing trust fund to other issues. 

Rep. Carlos Trujillo (R-Miami) chairs the House Appropriations Committee.
Florida House of Representatives

With five weeks left in session, the House and Senate have released their spending plans.  They stand roughly $2 billion apart.

Rep. Scott Plakon (R-Longwood)
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The Florida House has approved a measure taking away union bargaining rights if less than half its members pay dues.  The bill’s Republican sponsor Scott Plakon of Longwood says it’s unfair for as little as 5 percent of workers to decide for everyone.  

Rep. Loranne Ausley (D-Tallahassee)
Florida House of Representatives

House lawmakers have taken steps to repeal the state employee charitable campaign.

Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) on the House floor.
Florida House of Representatives

The House is proposing nearly $300 million in tax cuts.  The ways and means committee unveiled their ideas this week.

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A Senate panel is discussing how to re-envision Florida’s affordable housing system. 

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch
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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson won’t support Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. 

Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral)
Florida House of Representatives

A House panel faced stiff opposition as it passed a measure assigning heightened punishments to undocumented immigrants.

Equal Rights Amendment supporters marching on the Florida Capitol.
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This week Nevada's legislature ratified the Equal Rights Amendment.  It's been 40 years since the last state approved the provision and the move raises questions about Congress' 1982 deadline.  

Pensacola Beach
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Lawmakers seem to agree Florida’s coastline is a vital part of the state’s economy.  But one Senate panel highlights the lack of agreement on how to protect it.

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran is doubling down on tough talk about Orange County State Attorney Aramis Ayala.  Corcoran says her blanket decision not to seek the death penalty crosses a line and he urges Florida Governor Rick Scott to suspend the prosecutor.

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Senators spent Wednesday afternoon kicking the tires on a medical marijuana proposal backed by Fleming Island Republican Rob Bradley.

Rep. Mike LaRosa (St. Cloud)
Florida House of Representatives

The Department of Economic Opportunity believes it needs access to the state driver’s license database to stop reemployment assistance fraud.  House lawmakers are one step closer to giving the agency what it wants.

Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami)
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A decades old subsidy for the insurance industry is shedding light on differing approaches for cutting taxes in the state.  A Senate panel approved a plan to plow the money into reducing a business rent tax.

Gov. Rick Scott
Nick Evans

Orange County State Attorney Aramis Ayala believes Florida Governor Rick Scott overstepped his authority in pulling her from the Markeith Loyd murder trial.  But Scott defends his decision to replace Ayala with fifth district state attorney Brad King.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

This week lawmakers begin untangling their ideas for medical cannabis.  State senators have proposed five different measures.

Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart)
Florida House of Representatives

The House is advancing a measure making it easier for patients to access hospice care. 

EDR Coordinator Amy Baker describing the changes in the conference's newest estimates.
Nick Evans

State economists are revising their fiscal projections upward, but the extra dollars likely won’t be enough to stave off deep budget cuts when lawmakers start balancing the books. 

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State lawmakers are taking steps to expand a program helping foster kids get a driver’s license and pay for car insurance.

Erich Martin

House budget subcommittees are unveiling their ideas for spending cuts.  House leaders ordered each panel develop a list of potential reductions in light of a grim budget outlook.

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann / US Air Force

House lawmakers are wrangling over whether to allow optometrists to perform procedures traditionally reserved for ophthalmologists.  The long-standing fight is tied up in questions of access and professional scope. 

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A Senate panel is giving the thumbs up to a measure establishing state-wide regulations for ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

Department of Economic Opportunity Chief Cissy Proctor
State of Florida

Florida experienced a big upswing in January employment after a sluggish December. 

Nick Evans

The Florida House seems intent on bringing the state supreme court down a few pegs after a series of stinging courtroom defeats.  The saber-rattling intensified last week as lawmakers approved new reporting requirements.

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