Capital Report: 03-03-2015

Mar 3, 2015

Tom Flanigan gives an overview of Governor Rick Scott’s Fifth State of the State address and the two responses from the Legislature’s Democratic leaders.

The Florida Senate is preparing to start debate over expanding Medicaid in Florida. Lynn Hatter reports the issue has been a major contention point between the House and Senate for the past three years.

After plans to submit Florida’s presidential primary vote first didn’t go as planned, the legislature wants to set its primaries back to where they were. Matthew Seeger reports that a ratified bill will reverse the 2016 presidential primaries from January back to March.

As Florida lawmakers continue to delve into making changes to the state’s troubled prison system, some want to hear from the employees affected by the changes. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, several correctional officers say they’re afraid of retaliation from the prison agency due to a new policy some are calling a “gag order.”

Odds are good for a gaming shake up this session. The first bill has passed out of the Senate. It’s a measure relating to greyhound racing. Meanwhile, Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers are considering a massive gaming overhaul bill in the House.

After beer retailers and distributors challenged a legal exception that helps craft brewers open up tap rooms, two Florida senators put forward a measure doing away with the exception completely—in effect ensuring breweries can sell beer on-site.  But Nick Evans reports that original challenge hasn’t disappeared.

State workers could get between 5,000 dollars and 10,000 dollars for adopting children under a bill passed by a House panel Tuesday. As Jim Ash reports, lawmakers also want better scorecards for adoption providers.