Capital Report: 03-01-2016

Mar 1, 2016

With time running out, lawmakers in the House are proposing gaming changes some say could send negotiations with the Seminole Tribe back to the start. Regan McCarthy has more….

Florida lawmakers are close to deciding on the state’s criminal justice budget. As Sascha Cordner reports, a large portion deals with the state’s prison agency.

Medical cannabis legislation is heading to the Senate floor for the second time after a clash in committee.  But Nick Evans reports time is running out for the proposal to gain passage in both chambers before session closes.

Divorce, and the resulting fallout from the breakup of a family, generates a lot of conversation in the Florida legislature. And for the past several years, issues like alimony, child support and custody have brought droves of people to the state capitol. Now, as Lynn Hatter reports, a massive family law proposal is heading to the Senate floor. And it has sparked a lot of debate among women.

Under Florida law, people must be mentally competent before they stand trial. Now some state lawmakers are working on reforms for defendants who are incompetent. While a similar proposal was vetoed by Governor Rick Scott in 2013, Kate Payne reports this year the measure could get another chance.

Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s star power was on full display at tiny Valdosta State University on the eve of the Super Tuesday election in Georgia.  A standing-room-only crowd flooded the school’s 7,000 seat gym.  Some supporters traveled more than one-hundred miles to hear the brash Manhattan real estate mogul repeat his promise to build a wall along the Mexican border and make America great again.  Jim Ash was there.