Capital Report: 04-03-2014

Apr 3, 2014

The so-called “Warning Shot” bill is headed to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.  The House passed the measure two weeks ago and the Senate followed suit today (Thursday).  But, as Sascha Cordner tells us, debate grew heated as some Democrats tried – and failed – to amend the bill.

Florida lawmakers are once again eyeing big changes to the state’s public universities and a few senators have set their sights on the FAMU-FSU joint College of Engineering. It’s one of the oldest partnerships between universities in the state and was created by the legislature roughly 25 years ago, but as Lynn Hatter reports, what the legislature giveth—it can also taketh away.

On Friday, a controversial measure regulating chauffeured limousines is scheduled to go before its final House committee. As Jessica Palombo reports, the so-called “Uber bill” is aimed at paving the way for a high-tech car service to roll into Florida’s large cities more easily.

In an effort to stop so-called “pillowcase burglars,”  lawmakers have come up with a new charge for those who cross county lines before committing crimes. That might sound like the plot of a Nancy Drew novel, but Regan McCarthy reports….it’s not…..

Florida sales tax holidays have become a popular tool to encourage consumer spending on items like school supplies.  But, as Nick Evans reports, the omnibus tax holiday bill that passed the House today (Thursday) left some lawmakers asking for more.