Capital Report: 02-28-2018

Feb 28, 2018

A week after one chamber of the Florida legislature accused the other of stonewalling, both sides are coming together to do the one thing that must be done each year—pass a budget. Lynn Hatter reports lawmakers are starting to lay the groundwork for bringing the legislative session in for a landing on time.

It is standard protocol for police, firefighters, and paramedics to run toward the danger. Over time, that can take a toll on the mental health of first responders. Now, a measure in Florida’s Legislature is focusing on protecting first responders who experience PTSD as a result of such a stressful job. Andrew Quintana reports.

Tom Flanigan reports advocates of making texting while driving a primary traffic offense in Florida are fighting the clock, as well as those who fear that would give law officers another reason to profile minorities.

Much has been made this session about efforts by Florida lawmakers to take power away from local governments. But Regan McCarthy reports a measure is scheduled for a discussion on the Senate floor Thursday that would expand local control—in this case when it comes to tobacco use.

With no traction in the Florida House, a bill aiming to help those who say they survived abuse at the infamous Dozier school for Boys appears to be dead. Sascha Cordner reports.