Capital Report: 04-05-2017

Apr 5, 2017

The Florida House is advancing its plan for cutting taxes.  Nick Evans reports on top of nearly 300 million dollars in reductions, lawmakers want to increase the homestead exemption by half.

A proposed payment system for nursing homes is dividing the industry, with some praising a proposal in the Senate, and others saying it will hurt access to nursing homes for Medicaid patients. Lynn Hatter reports.

Instead of heading to the Governor, a Stand Your Ground-related bill is now headed back to the Senate for approval. As Sascha Cordner reports, that’s after the House passed its own version of the bill Wednesday.

Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi are commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week as controversy continues to swirl around Orange County State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s decision not to seek the death penalty. As Jim Ash reports, the keynote speaker, a rape survivor and a nationally known victim’s advocate, is reserving judgment.

Florida sheriffs are slamming President Donald Trump’s administration for saying they are refusing to detain undocumented people. They say they are cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But Sarah Mueller reports they can’t detain someone in violation of their civil rights.

Florida lawmakers want to phase out community redevelopment agencies that combat blight and slums. Complaints of misuse of funds and corruption are plaguing C-R-As. But Kate Payne reports local governments are fighting to save them.

The Senate Ethics and Elections committee considered a raft of elections related legislation this week. Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers are moving forward with new elections rules they hope will balance the need for valid election results with the right of people to have ready access to the polls.