Capital Report: 03-22-2017

Mar 22, 2017

Environmental activists flooded the Capitol on Wednesday to support a handful of bills and oppose others. But as Jim Ash reports, one of their biggest goals is a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing.

Florida lawmakers are voting on legislation that would allow more religious expression in public schools. Bill sponsors say not allowing students and school employees to talk about their religions violates the First Amendment. But critics say these bills force Christian believes on others. Sarah Mueller reports. 

State lawmakers are advancing a plan to allow gun owners to check their weapons at the courthouse door. The bill is moving forward even as top politicians are taking a stand against gun expansion. Kate Payne reports.

State senators spent much of this afternoon kicking the tires on a medical marijuana proposal.  Nick Evans reports the measure was backed by Fleming Island Republican Rob Bradley.

A Northwest Florida county may be the first in the Panhandle to take over the child protective investigative services—normally done by the state’s child welfare agency. As Sascha Cordner reports, Walton County could join six other counties across Florida—under a bill starting to move in the legislature.

Three charter school companies expressed interest. Two fit the criteria. Only 1 submitted an application. This week the Jefferson County School District became Florida’s first charter school district. And as Lynn Hatter reports, the move got a round of support from the state board of education Wednesday.

A gambling overhaul bill is moving forward in the Florida House, but the plan is facing pushback from stakeholders and the other legislative chamber. Regan McCarthy reports.