Capital Report: 02-19-2018

Feb 19, 2018

Just days after the massacre that left 17 of their classmates and teachers dead, student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting have become prominent gun control activists. From member station WLRN in Miami, Jessica Bakeman introduces us to the grief-stricken young people who are determined to lead where they say politicians have not.

What kind of reception might those students find when they arrive in Tallahassee?  One hopeful sign from their viewpoint is that their visit comes just as an NRA-backed bill was withdrawn from consideration. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, some may see the student’s gun control views as “naïve.”

Tom Flanigan reports Governor Rick Scott is convening an entire day of workshops tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 20) to discuss last week’s school shooting and suggest ways to mitigate future threats.

Although time is running out for this year’s lawmaking session, a number of controversial bills are still being debated.  As we hear from Cathy Carter from member station WUSF in Tampa, that expands school voucher programs.

Would raising the age to buy tobacco products lower the cost of healthcare in Florida. One lawmaker thinks so. Regan McCarthy has more...

The very first bills of the 2018 Legislative Session are now heading to Governor Rick Scott’s office this week - the final step before becoming law. Andrew Quintana reports.