Capital Report: 04-13-2017

Apr 13, 2017

Florida is getting a big budget break in the form of one-and-a-half billion dollars in supplemental healthcare payments from the federal government. And as Lynn Hatter reports, hospitals are breathing a sigh of relief.

The Florida House has approved a plan to give bonuses to teachers and principals.  Nick Evans reports critics take issue with handing out money based on test scores that are sometimes decades old.

A top priority of Florida’s Senate President is now ready for a floor vote. But after some political maneuvering, the bill also contains a controversial amendment targeting the state Supreme Court. Kate Payne reports the change could challenge lawmakers’ loyalties.

Several claims bills, which found Florida’s child welfare agency at fault, are now heading to the House floor. As Sascha Cordner reports, among them is a high profile bill involving twins that further compensates the surviving victim, in an abuse case that took his twin sister’s life.

Environmentalists are making a last-ditch attempt to impose a statewide fracking ban in Florida. But as Jim Ash reports, breaking a legislative logjam won’t be easy.

Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission is taking public comments as it prepares to craft possible changes to the state’s fundamental document. Members are hearing a lot from Floridians about access to abortion services and restoring voting rights to felons who have served their time, as we hear from Sarah Mueller.