Capital Report: 02-18-2016

Feb 18, 2016

The Florida House is moving forward with a new capital sentencing scheme after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the existing system just over a month ago.  But Nick Evans reports even with last minute changes, lawmakers are hesitant to completely embrace unanimity.

Environmentalists are breathing a sigh of relief after a powerful House Republican agreed to back down from his controversial “use it or lose it” approach to state land.  Jim Ash has that story.

The Florida House has approved several education bills changing everything from what schools students can transfer to how those schools constructed. But as Lynn Hatter reports, many of those proposals face opposition in the Senate.

State officials continue to battle human trafficking in the state of Florida. This Session, lawmakers are offering multiple bills that could better protect victims and penalize traffickers. Kate Payne reports.

Bills creating statewide standards to help in the processing of Florida’s thousands of untested rape kits as well as future kits are now heading to the floors of the House and Senate, after passing their last committees Thursday. Sascha Cordner reports.

The so called Pastor Protection Act is poised for hearings on the floors of both the Florida House and Senate. Regan McCarthy reports the measure seems to protect churches and clergy from lawsuits if they decline to participate in a marriage ceremony. But gay rights activists say the measure unfairly targets same sex couples.