Capital Report: 01-04-2019

Jan 7, 2019

Advisers to Governor-elect Ron DeSantis want greater action on school safety. Shawn Mulcahy reports this comes after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission released the first draft of its report.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis officially takes office on Tuesday.  DeSantis stuck with Fox News as his media outlet of choice during the campaign. And he largely stayed quiet during the election recount. Since then, his transition teams have been crafting policy plans. He’s announced new state agency chiefs that political observers call qualified candidates. He’s even crossed the aisle to hire Democrats to lead Florida's Department of Emergency Management and Department of Revenue.   And unlike his predecessor Rick Scott, DeSantis says environmental issues will be among his priorities.  Florida Public Radio’s Gina Jordan talks with Carol Weissert, professor of political science at Florida State University, about the change in DeSantis since the campaign.

In the coming session, Florida’s Legislature will consider a bill aiming to eliminate “gun-free zones” on college campuses. Ryan Dailey reports for state lawmakers, the issue has come up before.

As the incidence of human trafficking in Florida keeps growing, Tom Flanigan reports a coalition of human rights advocates and business groups is working together to reverse the trend.

After complaints of inhumane treatment in women’s correctional facilities throughout Florida, one lawmaker is calling for a change. Blaise Gainey has more.

Senator Bill Nelson’s nearly three-decade-long political career has come to an end. After a contentious election and chaotic recount, Governor Rick Scott will take over as Florida’s Senator this month. WMFE’s space reporter Brendan Byrne looks back at Nelson’s time on Capitol Hill and the lasting impact on the space industry.