Capital Report: 02-24-2016

Feb 24, 2016

The recent death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has added a new dimension to a legislative debate over term limits for Florida justices and appellate judges.  The House approved a measure today (Wednesday), despite dire warnings by Democrats and little interest in the Senate.

House lawmakers took up a raft of legislation for the final vote today (Wednesday).  Nick Evans has more about what happened on that chamber’s floor.

Florida’s Secretary of State of State is appointed to his position by the Governor. But Regan McCarthy reports that hasn’t always been the case. And now some lawmakers are pushing to return the state’s elections chief to an elected position.

The Florida House passed a controversial bill making changes to Florida’s Retirement System. Sascha Cordner reports.

Some state lawmakers want to make Florida’s roads safer, especially for those not traveling in cars. The bill would offer special protections to cyclists and pedestrians, but one group is being left out: motorcyclists. Kate Payne reports.

A bill that would give some juvenile offenders a break is moving in the Senate.  But as Ashley Tressel reports, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

Democratic Senator Jeremy Ring is determined to get coding before more Florida public school students. Lynn Hatter reports his plan is nearing final passage in the Senate, and the debate over the bill could soon turn to the House.