Capital Report: 03-20-2017

Mar 20, 2017

Supporters of a 2.4 billion-dollar reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee are enlisting CEO’s from the outdoor recreational industry, and tourism officials, to win over fiscal conservatives. But as Jim Ash reports, only time will tell if Senate President Joe Negron’s plan will fly.

This week lawmakers begin untangling their ideas for medical cannabis.  Nick Evans reports state senators have proposed five different measures.

No state correctional officers were responsible for the scalding hot shower death of mentally ill inmate Darren Rainey. That’s according to Miami Dade’s State Attorney, who released a report concluding just that. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, some people aren’t buying it.

Florida is asking the federal government to cap its funding to the state’s Medicaid program. Florida Governor Rick Scott and Republican lawmakers say that will mean more flexibility to provide quality healthcare at an affordable cost. As Sarah Mueller reports, critics point to welfare reform and say fewer people will get health care.

North Florida Republican Congressman Neal Dunn hosted a four-hour meeting in Panama City over the weekend.  Lynn Hatter reports the conversation was dominated by Dunn’s views on how Congress should repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Florida lawmakers are considering a number of programs aimed at cutting back and tamping down on welfare programs. Regan McCarthy reports.