Capital Report: 04-06-2012

Apr 6, 2012

The Legislature’s revised Senate redistricting map is in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court justices. The Court set oral arguments for April 20 to decide the plan’s fate. However, James Call reports candidates are not waiting for the final decision on new district lines and have begun campaigning for the 2012 elections.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is traveling the state to promote a number of bills he’s signed that are part of his re-employment and economic growth package, but Regan McCarthy reports some experts question whether the governor’s policies will help Floridians get back to work.

About a sixth of Florida’s state employees could see another retirement plan change. As Sascha Cordner reports, a bill is now on the Governor’s desk that would allow employers to contribute less into their employees’ retirement accounts.

The death of a black teen at the hands of a neighborhood watchman has caught the attention of the nation, dominated media headlines and put a spotlight on Florida’s gun laws. But Lynn Hatter reports in the weeks since the death of Trayvon Martin, the focus on the circumstances surrounding the teen’s death has also created backlash against the media for misleading and sometimes inaccurate coverage.

Is Florida ready to entertain the idea of drilling for oil near its shores? The federal government seems to think so. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is considering oil drilling leases in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and some local businesses along the Florida Panhandle say now is not the time

In the past, public school lunchrooms haven’t always been known for serving tasty food that’s also healthy food.  But Tom Flanigan reports there’s a major move in Florida to serve students good-tasting meals that are also good for them….