Capital Report: 04-09-2014

Apr 9, 2014

Bills raising Florida’s minimum wage were assigned to committees but never heard after South Florida Democrats filed them this session. But as Jessica Palombo reports, that didn’t stop several lawmakers from trying to highlight how hard it is to shop on a tight budget—by making a grocery run in Tallahassee this [Wednesday] morning.

This week is Road Safety Week in Florida, and to commemorate the week, state lawmakers joined by law enforcement gave an update Wednesday on several traffic safety bills that are moving—and may not be moving—in the Legislature. Sascha Cordner reports.

Florida’s public universities have had a hard time finding presidents lately, a situation that has led to several starts and stops at some schools. Lynn Hatter reports with two vacancies at the state’s largest schools, state lawmakers are proposing to shield much of the search process from being public—a  big change to the process of picking presidents.

You can’t condemn members of the Florida Legislature from often being as star-struck as the rest of us when it comes to big-time movies and T-V shows.  The state has long tried to increase the number of those productions done in Florida, believing that endeavor to be of considerable economic, as well as vanity, enhancement.  But, as Ryan Benk discovered, much of the attraction could be just an illusion.