Capital Report: 02-11-2016

Feb 11, 2016

The Florida House and Senate gave tentative approval today (Thursday) to competing spending plans that hover around 80 billion dollars.  Republicans touted tax cuts while Democrats railed against budget cuts.  Jim Ash has the story.

Some lawmakers are pushing for a pilot program to increase access to long acting contraceptives.  Nick Evans has more.

This might be the legislature the Florida legislative finally settles a long-running dispute with counties over incarceration of juvenile offenders. Lynn Hatter reports a bill by Clearwater Senator Jack Latvala does what the counties have sought: a 50-50 split on detention costs.

A bill seeking to help the families impacted by the now closed Dozier School for Boys is still gaining traction in the Senate. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, the measure now includes some new changes.

Lawmakers are moving forward with a measure aimed at helping ensure more people’s votes are counted. Regan McCarthy has more….

Hundreds of Muslims gathered in the Florida Capitol today (Thursday) to lobby and engage in the political process.  The event is part of an annual Muslim day of advocacy.  But, as we hear from Kate Payne, this year is different.  For one thing, anti-Muslim sentiment seems rampant and it’s an election year.