Capital Report: 01-10-2018

Jan 10, 2018

As the 2018 legislative session gets under way Republicans are forging ahead with a plan to make it harder for future lawmakers to raise taxes.  Nick Evans reports the initiative has broad support among GOP leaders, and they’ve got enough members to send the idea to the ballot. 

For the past several years, the Florida House and Senate have battled over how to pay for public schools.  And as Lynn Hatter reports, the House is drawing a line in the sand over what it will and won’t do when it comes to deciding how to appropriate those funds.

Tampa Bay Times Capital Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet shares his insights on Governor Rick Scott’s final legislative session as governor and what other major issues are likely to emerge in the legislature over the next few months.

Florida has the second highest rate of child marriage in the country.  Now Florida lawmakers are working to address the issue.  Regan McCarthy reports a bill making it illegal to give a marriage license to a person under the age of 18 is scheduled in the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday.

Ever been the victim of a data breach? Maybe you were part of last year’s breach involving one of the largest credit agencies, Equifax. But, in Florida, if you wanted to place a freeze on your credit report, Equifax could still charge you a fee. Now, as Sascha Cordner reports, a bill is starting to move in the Florida House to eliminate that cost to consumers.