Capital Report: 02-16-2016

Feb 16, 2016

In the run-up to today’s (Tuesday’s) Senate meeting, questions surrounded whether Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong would be confirmed. He’s been under fire for the decrease in enrollment in the Children's Medical Services program, rising HIV infections and staff cuts in local health departments. Lynn Hatter reports, Florida lawmakers had plenty of questions for Armstrong. 

After stalling last week, the Florida Senate is expected to take up its version of a bill tomorrow (Wednesday) to ratify the state’s gambling agreement with the Seminole Indian tribe. Meanwhile, as Regan McCarthy reports, a House measure has garnered committee approval.

An international refugee crisis, and the growth of ISIS abroad and online, are sending shockwaves around the world. Some of those shocks are rippling through the Florida Legislature. Kate Payne reports some lawmakers are moving forward with plans to give the governor sweeping powers over immigration.

Florida’s legislature has considered a number of high profile gun measures this session, but with most of them seemingly dead in the Senate, another proposal is getting its first hearing.  Nick Evans reports airports may have to allow concealed weapons in terminals. 

A bill reforming mental health within Florida’s criminal justice system is continuing to move in the House and Senate. Sascha Cordner reports.

You might think a conservative Republican Legislature could easily agree on the concept that less government is better.  But that seems not to be the case when it comes to deregulating professions like body wrapping and animal massage.  We get that story from Jim Ash.