Capital Report: 04-10-2014

Apr 10, 2014

The Florida House is cobbling together several different health-related bills in the hope the combined proposal will sway the Senate to vote for them. But as Lynn Hatter reports, the new, combined proposal still doesn’t sway some in the originating chamber.

A pension reform proposal is now heading to the House floor, while its Senate companion just cleared its first committee. As Sascha Cordner reports, while both now scaled-back bills have their differences, they have an equal amount of opposition from public employees and most Democrats stacked against them.

Animal breeders say pet sales at flea markets are the only remaining unregulated pet sales in Florida. But Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers say they’ve come up with a plan to ensure the state’s four-legged friends are “paw-fectly” protected.

Acknowledging the ticking clock winding down the 2014 legislative session, the sponsor of a bill allowing local governments to regulate plastic bag use has withdrawn his measure from consideration. As Jessica Palombo reports, Florida cities currently are prohibited from making rules discouraging the use of plastic carryout bags, as cities in other states have done.

There was an uprising at the Florida Capitol today (Thursday), although it had nothing to do with the state’s Native American residents, NOR the Florida State University Seminoles.  Not long after the morning sun peeped over the horizon, those advocating more support for solar power followed suit.  Stan Jastrzebski reports it wasn’t too long before politics came shining through.