Capital Report: 03-08-2017

Mar 8, 2017

One of the most controversial spending programs of this year’s session passed its second committee stop Wednesday.  Nick Evans reports the reservoir project championed by Senate President Joe Negron raises conflicting concerns with supporters and opponents. 

The Senate is moving ahead with a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, despite industry threats of a blizzard of lawsuits. But as Jim Ash reports, the House remains a big question mark.

There’s renewed interest in requiring Florida’s public school districts to share a portion of their locally generated school maintenance funds with charter schools.  It’s an argument that’s been around for years and, as Lynn Hatter reports, some lawmakers are worried about what that means for the state’s traditional public schools.

House lawmakers got an earful this week on proposed worker’s compensation measures. Business groups and health care advocates complain the draft legislation doesn’t do enough to address attorney fees, premium costs, physician fees and patient choice.  We get that story from Sarah Mueller.

Florida lawmakers are considering shutting down community redevelopment agencies, citing reports of misuse of public money. Supporters are hoping to strike a compromise, before the Legislature kills CRAs outright. Kate Payne reports.

A couple of juvenile justice-related bills are now moving in the Florida House and Senate. Sascha Cordner reports.

Florida is one of the few states where greyhounds continue to race. While some are pushing for the end of the practice, others counter the industry helps ensure the dogs are well cared for. Now as Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers are looking into a measure intended to create more protections for the animals.