Capital Report: 03-01-2012

Mar 1, 2012

With just a week remaining in the 2012 Florida legislative session, hundreds of issues remain unresolved. James Call reports joint conference committees are working to blend House and Senate proposed state budgets into one spending plan.

The Florida house has tackled a wide-ranging array of education bills—from approving inspirational messages in public schools, to designating September as American Founder’s month. Lynn Hatter reports some bills are now heading to the governor while others await senate approval.

The American Red Cross celebrated the kickoff of Red Cross Month at the Capitol Thursday with the support of Governor Rick Scott. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the celebration later met an unexpected interruption from people participating in the “Rick-Makes-Me-Sick-Campaign.”

The battle over whether to regulate or decimate Internet cafes was raging in the Florida Legislature today (Thursday).  Tom Flanigan reports the House is betting elimination beats regulation….. 

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed off on a measure to compensate a man who wrongfully spent 27 years in a Florida prison.  Regan McCarthy reports the governor signed bill just hours after it passed out of the Senate.