Capital Report: 03-06-2014

Mar 6, 2014

More than 200 Floridians serving life in prison for crimes they committed as minors could get new sentencing hearings, depending on how the state Supreme Court rules on a case it heard today [Thursday]. As Jessica Palombo reports, the court must decide whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision applies retroactively to previously sentenced juveniles.

Several gun-related measures are now heading for floor votes, including a House bill aimed at revising Florida schools’ zero tolerance policies. As Sascha Cordner reports, both chambers are also expected to take up a measure that seeks to protect gun owners from insurance discrimination.

More Florida students could get private school scholarships next year under a planned expansion of the state’s corporate tax scholarship program.  But, as Lynn Hatter reports, those students may also be subjected to state mandated exams.

Florida lawmakers are hoping the creation of a new state information technology agency might save taxpayers money.  But, as Ryan Benk tells us, despite a unanimous vote of support, not everyone is certain those savings will happen and some are now questioning the bill’s chances of becoming law.

Genetically modified organisms – or GMOs – are a cause for concern for some people, including some members of the Florida Legislature.  Although there are no proposed bans for GMOs in Florida, there is still legislation that GMO supporters say isn’t needed.  We get more on that story from Elisha Mandigo with member station WMFE in Orlando.