Capital Report: 01-31-2012

Jan 31, 2012

Florida Governor Rick Scott cast his ballot in the state’s Republican Presidential Primary bright and early this (Tuesday) morning. A small army of reporters from the Capital Press Corps was waiting for him….

               

A series of bills changing the way Florida’s early learning programs are run is moving through the legislature. The measures attempt to address problems raised from an audit that detailed fraud and waste in the system.  But as Lynn Hatter reports, some advocates of Early Learning say the bills could reduce those programs to little more than glorified babysitting services.

 

The question as to whether to privatize about 30 South Florida prisons took center stage in and outside the Florida Senate Tuesday. As Sascha Cordner reports, though a vote was not taken, it did not stop opponents of prison privatization from speaking their mind about stopping the massive effort:

         

 

The Florida casino gambling debate rages on, not just at the State Capitol, but also on the luncheon speaker circuit.  Tom Flanigan reports hundreds of Capitol Tiger Bay Club members were treated to a casino pro-and-con showdown today (Tuesday)….

                

Florida lawmakers are considering a measure that would help officials to crack down on repeat drug offenders. Regan McCarthy reports the measure would expand the definition of a “public nuisance.”