Capital Report: 02-24-2012

Feb 24, 2012

Cheating spouses could soon get a break in divorce hearings. A bill that would change the way adultery can be used to award alimony payments has cleared the House. Lynn Hatter reports it’s a part of a larger bill that seeks to scale back how the courts award alimony payments in marriage dissolution cases.

Two of the more controversial issues facing this year’s Florida Legislative Session wound up on the agenda of the House Economic Affairs Committee today (Friday).  As Tom Flanigan reports, the committee sent the bills covering both matters to the house floor after much debate…

As a federal judge looks into the constitutionality of Governor Rick Scott’s order to randomly drug test state workers, the Legislature is still moving legislation along that would do just that. Sascha Cordner reports.

A move in the Florida legislature to prohibit those receiving food stamps from buying junk food has received a lot of attention....but as jill roberts from member station WQCS in Fort Pierce Reports, a new study finds that a majority of those receiving such assistance strive to provide their families with healthy meals...  

Several high profile claims bills have moved a step closer to passing. Regan McCarthy reports a House Committee considered a total of 16 claims measures including one that would be the highest claims bills in the Florida’s history.  

A House bill establishing a state energy policy cleared its final committee Friday.  James Call reports the measure received unanimous approval after the sponsor removed   language involving the public’s watchdog for utility rate hikes.

Gym class may no longer be a given in Florida middle schools. A bill calling to remove the state requirement for physical education appears to be lying dormant in the legislature. Supporters say it would give schools more flexibility. But some people argue the measure comes at a time when a third of Florida’s kids are overweight or obese. Farah Dosani from member station WGCU in Fort Myers, checked things out at a middle school P-E class...