Capital Report: 02-02-2016

Feb 2, 2016

Florida’s 389 death row inmates are in limbo after the US Supreme Court invalidated the state’s capital sentencing system.  Nick Evans reports the top court in Florida has to decide if the ruling applies retroactively.

Every year lawmakers file dozens of claims bills for residents who have been harmed by organizations backed by the state.  But very few of these bills are ever funded.  This year is no exception, but as Lynn hatter reports two lawmakers along with some former NFL football players, are hoping to change the fate of at least one of those bills.

Local governments scored another victory today (Tuesday) when a House panel approved a measure sponsors are calling public records law reform.  But First Amendment advocates warm it will mean the end of government in the sunshine, as we hear from Jim Ash.

The head of the Florida Department of Corrections received unanimous approval during her second Senate confirmation hearing. Sascha Cordner reports.

For many people, interactions with law enforcement can be stressful. But for people who have difficulty communicating, these simple interactions can lead to grave misunderstandings. Kate Payne reports some lawmakers are trying to make those interactions safer.

While wildlife officials discuss downgrading manatees from endangered to protected animals, one lawmaker says he’d like to look into removing special “no wake” zones that were put in place to protect the animals. Regan McCarthy has more….