Capital Report: 03-09-2016

Mar 9, 2016

Florida lawmakers have approved an expansive bill that could further restrict abortions in the state.  Lynn Hatter reports the measure in an outgrowth of a larger battle over abortion that flared up this past summer, after several heavily-altered and now discredited videos claimed to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal remains.

Florida lawmakers are trying again to reform Citizen’s Property Insurance,  after Governor Rick Scott vetoed last year’s proposal.  Nick Evans reports the changes would put new restrictions on private companies taking policies out of the state’s insurer of last resort.

A bill allowing the surviving spouses of first responders to receive proper death benefits is now headed to Governor Rick Scott. As Sascha Cordner reports, this could mark the end of a contentious debate over pension reform this year.

While state workers are passed over for the eighth year in a row, Florida’s election supervisors could be getting a raise. Kate Payne reports a bill that would do just that is ready for the Governor’s signature.

Everything from black coffee to Kung Pao Chicken comes in a polystyrene – also known as “Styrofoam” – container these days.  That’s led a handful of Florida cities to ban polystyrene.  But, as Jim Ash reports, the House gave final approval today (Wednesday) to a measure that would stop the local “Ban the Foam” movement in its tracks.

This is the last week of the Florida legislative session. But most years, the state’s lawmakers would be just beginning their 60 days of meetings. The legislature used an early calendar this year and Regan McCarthy reports some lawmakers are hoping to do the same thing in 2018.