Capital Report: 02-21-2012

Feb 21, 2012

Hundreds of government workers rallied in Tallahassee to protest what they call a war on the middle class.  James Call reports members of the labor union representing state county and city employees roamed the halls of the state Capitol to talk to lawmakers about policies they say favor the wealthy at the expense of working people.

A bill that would deny convicted drug felons from receiving temporary cash assistance, unless they go through a drug rehabilitation program, is now heading for a House floor vote. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, while the bill passed out of a House panel Tuesday, it received staunch opposition from Democrats, who claim the bill is mean-spirited.

If you want to be a Gator or Seminole it could soon cost you a lot of money. Students at two of the state’s largest universities could see tuition bills more in line with those at other top-tiered schools in the nation. Lynn Hatter reports a proposal to allow the schools to break free of the state’s tuition cap is now making its way through the legislature.

Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would let certain groups represent teachers without registering as a teacher’s union as long as they don’t participate in collective bargaining.  Some say the move would give teachers more options, but Regan McCarthy reports others call it union busting. 

At just about every legislative committee meeting in Tallahassee, there will be lobbyists lining up to speak for or against various bills.  Tom Flanigan reports there was a unique group of lobbyists today (Tuesday) before the Senate K-through-Twelve Education Committee….