Capital Report: 02-15-2018

Feb 15, 2018

Once again, Florida has been the site for a tragic mass shooting.  Wednesday’s massacre at Broward County’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, resulted in seventeen deaths. This is the eighteenth mass shooting in the United States so far this year and it took place in what the National Council for Home Safety and Security called the “Safest City in Florida” last year.  From member station WGCU, Rachel Iacovone (yah-ku-VOAN-ee) spoke with an alumna of the school just after the news broke.

In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School mass shooting that left seventeen people dead, politicians on the state and national level are weighing in on what can be done legislatively. Sascha Cordner reports.

After being delayed twice a proposal restricting physician prescribing powers for opioids is once again moving in the senate. It’s part of a wide-ranging proposal to address overdose deaths, which have jumped in Florida and across the nation in recent years. Lynn Hatter has more.

The Florida Legislature is looking to impose new restrictions on abortion. As Shawn Mulcahy reports, a measure that would ban a common procedure passed a divided House committee Thursday.

Payday loan providers are asking for more loan options and extended repayments. Davondra Alston reports they argue it will give their customers more flexibility but opponents insist it’s still a debt trap for low-income borrowers.

Florida lawmakers are continuing a push to get gambling legislation passed this legislative session. But Regan McCarthy reports time may be running out.