Capital Report: 03-04-2016

Mar 4, 2016

Seasonal flooding continues to threaten Lake Okeechobee’s Herbert Hoover Dike and the pressure is being felt as far north as Tallahassee.  Lawmakers there have agreed on an environmental spending plan that addresses massive releases of brown water from the polluted lake and Jim Ash has the story.

The Senate took up and unanimously approved changes to the state’s civil forfeiture provisions Friday.  Nick Evans reports the proposal raises the threshold for law enforcement to seize someone’s assets. 

Florida lawmakers seem ready to give some terminally ill Floridians access to medical marijuana. But as Lynn Hatter reports, some medical marijuana expansion supporters are already setting their sights on November.

While there appears to be no way forward for gambling legislation that would ratify a gaming agreement between the state and Seminole Indian tribe, lawmakers in the House are finding new paths for their gaming priorities. Regan McCarthy has more…..

At the heart of modern political debates is the role and size of government: to expand or regulate, support or restrict. And for many, the crux of the issue is how government should handle the disadvantaged. This week, Florida lawmakers considered two sides of the same coin: public assistance. Kate Payne reports.

Over the years, treatments for depression have ranged from lobotomy, to electroshock and all manner of psychotropic drugs.  But, as Carol Gentry from member station WUSF in Tampa reports, some depression patients in that city are undergoing a new kind of treatment that uses no drugs at all.

Former and current members of the Florida Supreme Court gathered together this week to remember Leander Shaw, the high court’s first black chief justice. Sascha Cordner reports.