Capital Report: 01-30-2018

Jan 30, 2018

Some 47,000 Florida students are being bullied or have been in some sort of violent situation—be it school fights, or harassment. And a priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran is getting those kids some help. But as Lynn Hatter reports a proposal allowing those kids to transfer to other public and private schools is making its way through the legislature but critics say it’s not a solution to the problem.

It seems that’s not the only school-related bill ruffling legislative feathers…

House Democrats are crying foul over a massive education bill they say would further erode the state’s public school system. Davondra Alston reports.

Kate Payne has been following the Florida Senate’s response to the sexual harassment and other improper conduct charges that have already cost two powerful senators their jobs and caused turmoil during the early days of this lawmaking session.  She discusses with Tom Flanigan what occurred in the Senate today.

Lawmakers in the Florida House held a first round of discussions on their gambling legislation Tuesday. Regan McCarthy reports the measure takes a hard line against any moves that might be seen as a gambling expansion.

A measure looking to pre-empt local ordinances from regulating vacation rentals cleared its first hurdle today in the Florida Legislature. As Shawn Mulcahy reports, the Senate Community Affairs Committee passed the bill by a vote of 4 to 2.

A bill opening the door to allow survivors of the infamous Dozier School for Boys to be later compensated unanimously passed its first committee Monday. As Sascha Cordner reports, that’s the now-closed North Florida reform school where former wards say they were physically and sexually abused decades ago.