Capital Report: 01-22-2018

Jan 22, 2018

The Florida House is ready to take up two familiar healthcare reform measures Wednesday. Supporters say both bills will make care more accessible and more affordable. But Kate Payne reports the plans face uphill battles in the Senate.

A proposal moving through the Florida Constitution Revision Commission—a body that meets one every two decades to bring proposed constitutional changes directly to voters—would give more duties to the state’s Lt. Governor. Regan McCarthy has more...

The month of January is dedicated to raising awareness of human trafficking. But, the Florida House and the Senate want to make awareness a year round effort. Andrew Quintana reports.

While advocates were talking about human trafficking at the Capitol today, healthcare professionals a few blocks away were getting some consciousness-raising of their own on the topic.  As we hear from Margie Menzel, these are the people who often are among the first to encounter trafficking victims, but too often miss the signs.

The South Florida Water Management district is laying out several scenarios for building a reservoir South of Lake Okeechobee. The reservoir is a priority of Senate President Joe Negron and funded by both the state and federal government to address both polluted runoffs downstream and to help rebuild the Everglades. But as Lynn Hatter reports, environmental groups and Negron say they want more lands to be taken into consideration.

Of Florida’s four historically black colleges and universities, only Bethune Cookman University was founded in the early 1900s and named after an African American woman. As Sascha Cordner reports, we’ll learn more about Mary McLeod Bethune, who could soon make history in Washington D.C.