Capital Report: 03-06-2013

Mar 6, 2013

A day after the Florida Senate passed its ethics reform plan, members of House are hammering out their version. But Regan McCarthy reports some say the new plans are really a mixed bag of good and bad.

Florida lawmakers have filed more than sixty bills dealing with firearms this legislative session.  Some urge greater protection for Second Amendment rights.  One creates a three-day waiting period to buy a gun.  Still another blocks the sale of ammunition to anyone who hasn’t completed a court-ordered anger management course.  Now Steven Rodriguez reports one more bill is up for discussion.  It would require background checks for every single gun purchase in Florida.

Florida is one of the top states in the nation with the most number of people facing the death penalty—Close to half of which have been on death row for at least 20 years. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, a group of lawmakers is now trying to streamline the death penalty process through a couple of measures, but it’s facing much opposition.

Floridians would be allowed to speak at all public meetings, if a bill passes the Legislature. Jessica Palombo reports, it was one of the bills that passed out of the House Government Operations Committee on Wednesday.

After the initial shock of a cancer diagnosis wears off, patients then have to deal with a sometimes crushing financial burden.  Ryan Benk reports a bill now in the Florida Legislature will lighten that load by making some cancer treatments more affordable.

A decades-long fight between optometrists and ophthalmologists could be resolved this year.  The Florida Legislature is considering a bill that would allow optometrists to prescribe oral medications.  Lynn Hatter reports the debate has been called “the eyeball wars” but ophthalmologists insist its’ about patient safety.

Thomas Andrew Gustafson takes us boldly where few have gone before….not really, but it does involve the final frontier and the visit of space fans today to both the Florida Capitol and a Tallahassee middle school.