Capital Report: 02-06-2018

Feb 6, 2018

The Florida legislature is again considering banning fracking—the process of extracting oil and natural gas underground. Lynn Hatter reports lawmakers have tussled over the issue in recent years, but proposal sponsor Dana Young says the process is too dangerous to allow in Florida.

Florida lawmakers want to expand the use of digital voting and tallying machines. Many of the state’s election managers are behind the plan. But Kate Payne reports others don’t want to leave the paper ballot behind.

Already, the Florida Supreme Court has rejected more than three dozen appeals involving death row inmates, who received their sentences before 2002 and did not require unanimous juries. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, a panel of Florida lawmakers is now trying again to make a fix to that part of the state’s death penalty process.

Shawn Mulcahy reports on the status of the judicial proceeding involving nine Florida State University fraternity brothers who face criminal charges in connection with the apparent hazing death of a pledge.

Take a look at the last receipt you got from a hotel stay in Florida. You’ll likely notice a number of taxes and fees. Some of that money goes toward what’s called a tourism development tax and is meant to be used for a tourism-related use. Now as Regan McCarthy reports state lawmakers are digging into what exactly counts as tourism related.

The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida want pay that’s equal to what male employees earn working in the same jobs and careers. As Davondra Alston reports, club members were at the Capitol advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment as the mechanism for giving women more pay and less discrimination in the workplace.