Capital Report: 04-08-2014

Apr 8, 2014

How much responsibility should parents bear when their children get into trouble?  It’s an issue the Florida Senate is weighing through a proposal giving courts discretion over restitution judgments against minors.

Florida prison guards are asking state lawmakers for pay raises similar to those given to other law enforcement officers last year. As Jessica Palombo reports, the guards say low pay and inflexible holiday time cause many of their fellow officers to leave prisons for other jobs—and to become less effective at guarding violent criminals.

This was a particularly busy day in a key Senate committee today (Tuesday).  Members passed a long list of bills, including a controversial abortion bill.  Sascha Cordner reports they also moved a series of gun measures to the Senate floor, including the so-called “Pop Tart” bill.

In a controversial ruling last year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down core provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  But as Nick Evans reports, some Florida lawmakers are working to put those protections back in place at the state level.

As the school year winds to an end, parents’ minds turn to finding the perfect summer program for their kids. A child’s safety is part of that discussion, but Regan McCarthy reports summer camp officials are pushing back against a bill that would list online which camps have conducted legally required background checks.

A trio of University of South Florida graduate students continues a mission to teach Tampa area young people STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – through colorful costumes, comic book-style adventures and hands-on experiments.  From member station WUSF in Tampa, Mark Schreiner has the saga of the Scientific League of Superheroes.