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.

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. 

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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.

Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast) flanked by Rep. Jose Oliva and Speaker Richard Corcoran.
Nick Evans

House Speaker Richard Corcoran got his bills, and he got enough Democrats to build a veto-proof majority.  The lower chamber has approved legislation to scale back Visit Florida and eliminate Enterprise Florida.

Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast)
Mark Foley via FL House website

It appears a one million dollar contract could cost Visit Florida much, much more.  The House is moving forward with a plan to cut the agency’s funding by two thirds and establish more stringent oversight.

Then Rep. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) debating on the House floor.
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The Florida Supreme Court is considering three capital cases after oral arguments in the past week.  Meanwhile the House and Senate are moving ahead with death penalty fixes.

The crowd waiting for the hearing.
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One of the most controversial spending programs of this year’s session passed its second committee stop Wednesday.  The reservoir project championed by Senate President Joe Negron raises conflicting concerns with supporters and opponents.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R-Land O Lakes) flanked by top lieutenant Rep. Jose Oliva (R-Miami)
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The Florida legislative session has begun, which means it’s time to get serious about the state’s budget.  But the past few months of prologue have done little to bring the parties together.

Rep. Kionne McGhee (D-Miami)
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State lawmakers are pushing to track sentencing as a way to stamp out disparities in how penalties are doled out.  But at its first hearing, the measure was put on hold.

Mayor Andrew Gillum
Nick Evans

The race for 2018 has begun.  Ahead of a Saturday rally in downtown Tallahassee, hometown Mayor Andrew Gillum met with reporters to discuss his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.  

Rep. Lori Berman (D-Lantana)
Meredith Geddings via Florida House Website / Florida House of Representatives

State lawmakers will consider a raft of gun bills this session primarily aimed at expanding rights.  But one representative is focused on making it easier to get firearms out of abusive households.

Carlos Beruff Campaign Webpage

Florida Governor Rick Scott is naming Carlos Beruff to chair Florida’s Constitutional Revision Commission.

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Parents could soon be able to see how much the school district is spending on their child’s education.

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The Everglades Foundation is touting the economic benefits of water storage south of Lake Okeechobee.

Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores
Anitere Flores via Facebook / https://www.facebook.com/anitere/?ref=page_internal

Senate President Pro Tem Anitere Flores is proposing a tax cut on Floridians’ cable and cell phone bills.  But to pay for it, the Miami Republican’s plan would eliminate a tax break for the insurance industry.

Rep. Randy Fine (R-Brevard Co.) reading his letter to Governor Rick Scott.
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Florida’s Governor and House leaders are at each other’s throats over funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.  Murmurs are growing louder lawmakers will need a special session to agree on a budget.  Both sides are digging in, and the battle lines are becoming clear in a recent letter.

Rep. Ramon Alexander (speaking) with Rep. Shevrin Jones (left).
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Two House lawmakers want to reduce the chance ex-felons wind up back in prison.  They’re backing measures remove criminal history questions from initial employment and enrollment applications.

Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast)
Mark Foley via FL House website

The Florida House appears ready to take its incentives fight with Governor Rick Scott into the legislative session.

Then Rep. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) debating on the House floor.
Mark Foley via FL House website / Florida House of Representatives

Most criminal juries In Florida consist of six members—12 are required only for capital cases.  But one lawmaker wants a larger panel for life sentence prosecutions.

Florida Supreme Court
Nick Evans

Florida’s high court is giving the green light for death penalty prosecutions to proceed as statutory fixes near passage in the Legislature.

Rep. Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) is sponsoring a death penalty fix in the House.
Florida House of Representatives

Florida lawmakers seem likely to approve unanimous jury sentences for death penalty cases in the opening weeks of this year’s legislative session.  But some warn there could be another crisis around the corner.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
State of Florida, Meredyth Hope Hall

Florida Governor Rick Scott is crisscrossing the state calling out lawmakers by name for voting to gut two state agencies.

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The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Florida in the so-called Docs vs. Glocks case. 

Rep. Sullivan (R-Mount Dora) receiving a standing ovation from fellow Republicans after floor debate for the abortion waiting period law in 2015.
Mark Foley via FL House website

The Florida Supreme Court is backing up a lower court’s decision to put Florida’s abortion waiting period law on hold.

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