Capital Report: 02-13-2015

Feb 13, 2015

Two Florida lawmakers are hoping to revive a bill that failed during the past legislative session repealing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, some say the law should remain intact and see it as a waste of time.

A Tallahassee judge is weighing whether to allow a constitutional challenge to the state’s gas tax credit scholarship program to succeed.  Since its inception, the program has been a target for court challenges.  But, as Lynn Hatter reports, the current pending litigation has generated larger, more expansive efforts by supporters to get the lawsuit tossed out of court.

Florida lawmakers are preparing legislation to expand the definition of what it means to be a cigarette manufacturer.  Nick Evans reports the plan has its sights set on small roll-your-own cigarette shops.

Are plastic bags okay?  It’s a question many shoppers answer every time they leave the grocery store. But Regan McCarthy reports now it’s lawmakers who are struggling with the questions while retailers and environmentalists lobby from the sidelines.

For many people, using a public restroom can be unpleasant…maybe even unsanitary.  But usually not to the point where lives are in danger.  However, for people in the transgender community, that fear can be far more pronounced.  As Matthew Seeger reports, that’s one of the reasons that a proposal in the Florida Legislature is drawing fire from the A-C-L-U.

Florida’s oyster industry has hit rock bottom and the effects are rippling from the waters of Apalachicola Bay and Suwannee Sound to dinner plates in Tallahassee.  As Jim Ash reports, the problem is so bad, a conservative Republican lawmaker is now out to change all the rules.