Capital Report: 03-12-2014

Mar 12, 2014

A divided Florida House committee has given its approval to a measure which could put more guns in the schools.  It’s similar to proposals that have been considered – and in most cases rejected – in other states.  But as Stan Jastrzebski reports, the military veteran who proposed it hopes a chance he’s made to the formula will help it pass.

Bills aimed at keeping sexual predators away from children are headed toward Florida Governor Rick Scott’s desk after passing the House today [on Wednesday.] As Jessica Palombo reports, law enforcement officers helped craft the laws they say should keep prior offenders from falling through the cracks to prey on kids again.

For many years, tort or lawsuit reform has been a big goal of Florida’s business community.  This year, lawmakers are hoping a catch-all bill will give insurance companies more protection from frivolous, so-called “bad faith” lawsuits and allow claimants to be paid more quickly at the same time. Regan McCarthy has more…

A bill aimed at creating a uniform standard across the state to address residents’ wage theft grievances passed its first House committee Wednesday. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, it was met with much opposition.

Florida lawmakers want public education to go digital. In lawmakers’ minds, schools would be places where students would work on their tablets computers, and where teachers could reference textbooks and proctor tests online. But as Lynn Hatter reports, the digital reality is much different—and the cost associated with the transition is slowing progress