Capital Report: 03-31-2014

Mar 31, 2014

Florida lawmakers will again be taking up some gun-related bills this week, either in committee or on the floor.  One of these is the so-called “Warning Shot Bill”.  Another would allow people to carry firearms without permits during times of declared emergency.  Sascha Cordner brings us up to speed on another, somewhat less heated measure, which has been dubbed the “Pop Tart Bill.”

The deadline to sign up for federally-subsidized health insurance (is/was Monday/Today) and that’s led to healthcare.gov once again crashing. But Lynn Hatter reports the last-minute glitches (aren’t stopping/didn’t stop) people from at least starting the process before the clock strikes midnight.

On Monday, a House committee watered down a measure originally requiring the state to license and inspect providers that care for as few as four children. As Jessica Palombo reports, the bill now advancing to its final committee maintains the status quo of five or more children but does clarify how daycare providers can advertise their services.

While the days are getting longer, some might say the Florida sunshine is getting dimmer. Regan McCarthy reports that’s because a panel of lawmakers took up nearly a dozen bills Monday adding exceptions to the state’s public records law.

Combat sports can be huge revenue generators for states like Florida.  Now, one Florida lawmaker is sponsoring a bill he says will make the Sunshine State even more attractive to sports promoters.  But, as Ryan Benk reports, some say those changes could come at the expense of atheletes.

It’s no secret that Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism.  Now, as we hear from Stan Jastrzebski, a state senator hopes to use the state’s African-American heritage to draw even more visitors to culturally significant sites.