Capital Report: 02-19-2016

Feb 19, 2016

While the Florida legislative session is more than half over, Governor Rick Scott’s work is just beginning. Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers sent another bundle of bills to the governor’s desk this (if reading Monday, “last”) week.

The Florida House has approved a new capital sentencing scheme raising the bar for convictions.  But the House plan doesn’t require a unanimous jury decision for recommending the death penalty.  Nick Evans spoke with Mark Schlakman of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Florida State University.

Miami is the gateway to the Caribbean and South America and the old joke is nobody can get elected Miami mayor with a foreign policy.  Well, when it hasn’t been debating abortion, gay rights and charter schools, the Florida Legislature has been developing a foreign policy of its own, as we hear from Jim Ash.

Computer coders have found a champion in Florida Senator Jeremy Ring.  Ring, a former Yahoo executive, believes coding is an art, rather than a science.  Lynn Hatter reports, he’s putting forth an idea to allow Florida students to choose coding in order to fulfill a foreign language requirement for college.  And both chambers of the state legislature could approve the bill next week.

Currently there are no standard qualifications for American Sign Language interpreters in public schools. But Thursday the Florida House passed a bill unanimously that could that.  Kate Payne reports.