Capital Report: 03-14-2017

Mar 14, 2017

In 2011… the Florida legislature passed a measure to convert Medicaid insurance into a managed care system. But Republican lawmakers now want to take the program away from what they call “big businesses” and change it into a block grant system. But as Sarah Mueller reports… Medicaid providers say if that happens, low income families will lose access to health care.

The price tag for Florida’s class size amendment is now at 34-billion dollars. The state has spent that much since the measure was put into the Florida constitution by voters fifteen years ago….and since that time, its caused headaches for schools and districts which undergo the tricky task of trying to meet the levels. Now as Lynn Hatter reports, state lawmakers are trying again to grant districts a little more wiggle room when it comes to class sizes.

Bills to help some of the state’s most vulnerable Floridians as well as youthful offenders have passed their first Senate committees. Sascha Cordner reports.

A Senate panel is giving the thumbs up to a measure establishing state-wide regulations for ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft.  Nick Evans has the story.

Renting a ride isn’t the only issue state lawmakers are wrestling with.
Vacation rentals such as AirBnB make up a growing industry in Florida. One state lawmaker says he has a plan to ensure they can continue to flourish.

A contentious plan to let grocery stores sell liquor is still alive in the Florida statehouse. But some are dismissing the issue as insider baseball, and not a real public priority. Kate Payne has the story.