Capital Report: 03-03-2016

Mar 3, 2016

Florida lawmakers dealt another blow to Governor Rick Scott’s budget priorities Thursday. Kate Payne reports a scaled back tax package is now ready for a full vote by the Senate.

This week the US Supreme Court heard a case challenging a Texas law that requires abortion providers have admitting privileges.  Meanwhile Nick Evans reports similar legislation is marching through the Florida capitol.

The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed today (Thursday) to put a clean energy amendment on the ballot, increasing the likelihood voters will be scratching their heads when they go to the polls later this year.  Republican Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg wants to use tax breaks to promote solar energy and geothermal power and Jim Ash reports environmentalists are giving qualified support.

As a number of criminal justice issues continue to move in the Florida Legislature, others may be dead this session. As Sascha Cordner reports, that includes a Senate effort to build on past prison reforms.

The children of legal immigrants to the U.S. and Florida would become immediately eligible for the state’s KidCare program. KidCare offers subsidized healthcare to low-income families, and as Lynn Hatter reports expansion of the program has been several years in the making.

Florida Senators appear ready to approve legislation that would change the state’s alimony and custody laws. Regan McCarthy has more...