Capital Report: 03-06-2015

Mar 6, 2015

With the ink barely dry on its water policy legislation, the House is already mapping out a plan for land conservation. As Jim Ash reports, Republican leaders began focusing Friday on Amendment 1 and how it fits in to preserving and managing wilderness acres.

Florida lawmakers are looking into reforms related to mental health and substance abuse issues and how it relates to the state’s child welfare system. Sascha Cordner reports.

Using cameras to snag red-light runners got the green light in Florida years ago.  But now a state lawmaker is calling for those green lights to turn yellow.  As Nick Evans reports, Senator Jeff Brandes is pushing for municipalities to report on existing red light cameras and try alternative measures before setting up more.

Florida House and Senate leaders have boasted about an ambitious agenda to improve the lot of folks who have disabilities.  But as Lynn Hatter reports, some disability rights groups fear a proposal in the Legislature, filed by two powerful lawmakers, could privatize one of the important job placement programs that people with “unique abilities” rely on.

Florida’s fishing industry has dealt with its fair share of problems, with oil spills and grouper shortages. But as Matthew Seeger reports, an article from Florida Taxwatch exposes another problem- ecological damage caused by a hungry little troublemaker known as the Lionfish.

When it comes to building Florida has its own set of unique challenges. And Regan McCarthy reports that’s why one panel of lawmakers say the state’s structural engineers should get a little extra practice before being licensed.

Florida Agriculture officials are celebrating National Nutrition Month with local students. Vanity Duran reports the kids dirtied their green thumbs in the garden.