Regan McCarthy

Senior Producer/Assignment Editor

Regan McCarthy is the Assignment Editor and Senior News Producer for WFSU News/ Florida Public Radio. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories. She has also worked for the London Business Matters Magazine and the Rochester Sentinel, a daily local newspaper. She is the recipient of six professional broadcast awards including first-place Best Radio Feature from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  When she isn’t tracking leading newsmakers she spends her time knitting, reading, strolling through the woods and brunching at new restaurants.  Follow Regan McCarthy on Twitter: @Regan_McCarthy

Florida lawmakers are considering what some might call a sweet new bill—literally.  A measure aimed at unifying bee-keeping rules is making its way through the legislature. Regan McCarthy fills us in on what the buzz is all about.

Children waiting at the bus stop might soon be the target of advertising as yellow school buses plastered with ads from dairy queen, websites or even the local plumber pull up to the curb to take them to school. A bill making its way through the legislature would let public schools sell ad spots on the sides of their buses. The idea behind the measure is to provide schools with another avenue for generating revenue, but Regan McCarthy reports some worry about the message those ads might send to children.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would limit the price doctors can charge workers compensation patients for re-packaged medicine. Regan McCarthy reports the bill passed both chambers once before only to be vetoed by then Governor Charlie Crist in 2010.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the state attorney general’s office to defend teachers in certain legal cases. But, Regan McCarthy reports not all teachers are behind the move.

A bill that claims to be aimed at protecting teachers made its first committee stop today. The bill, sponsored by Representative Jeffery Brandes, a Republican from St. Petersburg would require the attorney general to defend a teacher in certain legal cases.

A bill that would put more protections in place for children under the auspices of the Department of Children and Families is making its way through the Florida House. Regan McCarthy reports the bill is, in part, a response to the death of Nubia Barahona, a young girl who was abused and eventually killed by her adoptive foster parents.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would outlaw gambling in so called “Internet Cafes.” The businesses have been popping up in strip malls, across from Laundromats and next to grocery stores.  But Regan McCarthy reports  they’re not really a place to get coffee. They’re actually a business with a certain kind of gambling that some legislators say sneaks through a loophole in the state’s laws.

Members of the Occupy Florida movement are making their voices heard in Tallahassee. The local group has been living in a camp at the site of the former John’s building about a block from the statehouse. The Tallahassee movement was joined by members from 15 groups across the state on the legislative session’s opening day. Regan McCarthy reports More than 50 Occupy organizers marched and chanted through the halls of the state’s capitol building holding signs reading “I’m not a dirty hippie” and “People over” Profit.

Legislators are considering a bill that would require rail road companies presenting bids to the state to declare any involvement with transporting people to Nazi death camps during World War II. The bill passed unanimously through its first committee, but Regan McCarthy reports some lawmakers worry about the precedent it could set.

A bill making its way through the Florida legislature would let parents sign up to get notices from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles when their kids get a traffic ticket. Regan McCarthy reports law makers even considered extending the proposal to tell employers when their workers are caught driving with a lead foot or rolling through a red light.

Senator Greg Evers says right now anybody can access anyone else’s driving record as long as they have certain information about that person like their date of birth.

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon says creating a balanced state budget, drawing new district maps and reforming  higher education are the big three items he expects to be the focus of Florida’s legislative session. Regan McCarthy reports Speaker Cannon says he expects this session to be just as open, transparent and respectful as last session.

Florida wildlife officials are proposing a pilot project for bear-proof garbage cans in one Panhandle county. Regan McCarthy has more.

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