Capital Report: 03-20-2014

Mar 20, 2014

While the so-called Warning Shot bill was being teed up for a vote in the Senate, a couple of gun-related measures made it through the full House today. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, verbal shots were exchanged between lawmakers before a revived attempt to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law once again went down to defeat.

Hundreds of children die of abuse or neglect in Florida each year.  Others suffer routine beatings, or turn to the sex trade to survive on the streets.  The state’s Department of Children and Families is charged with saving these kids, but even those within the agency admit it’s failing.  Amy Kiley with member station WMFE in Orlando takes a look at some reform proposals and whether they might actually help.

As a bill granting in-state tuition to some children of immigrants passed out of the Florida House, students from a number of state universities rallied for its passage by the full legislature.  As Stan Jastrzebski reports, in the first of a two-part story, those most affected by the potential change tried to make their voices heard in Tallahassee today.

Florida lawmakers tinkering with the state employee health insurance program are poised to revamp the entire system. As Lynn Hatter reports, if the proposal is okayed by the legislature, it’s uncertain whether state workers would see their insurance costs go up or down…

In the ongoing battle against a non-native fish invading state waters, a Senate committee passed a bill today [Thursday] that prohibits lionfish from being imported or raised in Florida. As Jessica Palombo reports, fish sellers say they support the general idea of the ban---but still have some reservations.