Capital Report: 03-15-2013

Mar 15, 2013

Lawmakers are working to combat what they call “grey market gaming.” Regan McCarthy reports a bill aimed at knocking out Internet sweepstakes cafes passed a House committee Friday with a 15-1 vote, just three days after officials announced a case against the Internet Café operator, Allied Veterans of the World.

A week after both houses of the Florida Legislature rejected the expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care law, Democratic leaders in the Florida House are speaking out.  Jessica Palombo reports, House Democrats are saying more Floridians need insurance coverage as soon as possible, one way or another.

Charter schools are state funded, but they’re also free of many rules and regulations that govern traditional public schools.  That’s because charters get less funding than regular schools do.  The biggest funding inequity comes in building and construction.  But as Lynn Hatter reports, the Florida House has been working on a bill that would change that.

As National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is April, approaches, child abuse survivor Lauren Book is again teaming up with Florida lawmakers and state attorneys.  She’s advocating for passage of a bill that would expand Florida’s Victimless Prosecution Law.  Sascha Cordner reports the measure would extend the age for child abuse victims to not have to face their abuser in court.

Finally this week, the new Holy Father in Rome is the first pope from Latin America.  Ryan Benk reports how some Florida Catholics are reacting to the new pontiff who comes from a land with a lot of connections to the Sunshine State.