Capital Report: 03-10-2014

Mar 10, 2014

Hundreds of people marched on the State Capitol this (Monday) morning to protest Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. As Sascha Cordner reports, they were led by the Reverend Al Sharpton and the parents of two slain teens.

A bill that would create a new statewide sex offender task force within the Florida Attorney General’s office got a green light from a House committee today.  But, as Ryan Benk reports, there are those who wonder if another statewide task force is the best way to go.

In the next few years, Florida students will be taking more of their state exams online. Textbooks will be replaced by Macbooks, but the schools will largely remain the same. As Lynn Hatter reports, many of those facilities aren’t equipped to handle the digital revolution that’s underway.

When lawmakers passed a measure last session to crack down on internet cafes running illegal gaming operations, some worried the bill also meant “game over” for family arcades. Regan McCarthy reports a measure filed this year is aimed is backing off some of those rules so those businesses can stay open without gambling on the possibility of a lawsuit.

Here’s an up-close look at a world not many people see.  It’s the world of prostitutes, pimps, drugs and some brave efforts to change that world for the better.  David McSwane with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune put together this report.