Capital Report: 03-05-2014

Mar 5, 2014

A bill aimed at giving Floridians access to a type of medical marijuana that doesn’t get people high advanced past its first House committee with near-unanimous support today [Wednesday]. But, as Jessica Palombo reports, its sponsor acknowledges changes are likely in store after fellow lawmakers on the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee raised concerns.

A House committee today (Wednesday) saw the latest attempt to tout Florida as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. As Stan Jastrzebski reports, the committee passed a bill allowing businesses to give hiring preference to members of the military.  But some employment law experts say, though the bill may be well-intentioned, it may also be discriminatory.

Based on two separate Supreme Court decisions, state lawmakers are now tasked with reforming Florida’s juvenile sentencing laws. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the Senate’s latest revamp is drawing mixed reviews.

Changes recommended by the state’s Purple Ribbon Alzheimer task force are making their way through the Legislature. But Regan McCarthy reports local municipalities are raising concerns over some aspects of the bills.

The Florida Legislature is poised to pass bills regulating telemedicine…the practice of physicians digitally connecting to patients.  But as Lynn Hatter reports, the House and Senate are taking different approaches and one powerful lobby is opposed to at least one of the plans.

Finally tonight, Florida lawmakers still have to tackle the topic of new public school curricula and standards head on at some point during this legislative session.  As we hear from John O’Connor at member station WUSF in Tampa, the matter has ignited a firestorm of opposition.