Capital Report: 04-15-2016

Apr 15, 2016

Florida’s students can now attend any public school in the state, as long as there is room. And high school athletes now have greater freedom to switch schools as well. Lynn Hatter reports these are just two of a series of new education laws approved by Governor Rick Scott.

Governor Rick Scott has vetoed a contentious alimony bill because of a child custody provision. Kate Payne reports.

Governor Rick Scott’s second veto of the year denies money for private dental care in rural communities. Ashley Tressel has more.

Idealists choose legal careers because they want to be agents of change.  But an eye-opening Florida Bar Survey on gender bias suggests the profession in many ways remains stuck in the past.  Jim Ash has more.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission got an earful at its regular meeting in Jupiter Florida this week.  Nick Evans reports even though it wasn’t on the agenda, numerous public commenters voiced opposition to holding another bear hunt. 

The news is constantly changing about the Zika virus. Federal funding and prevention efforts have been a huge part of the discussion this week. And, with Florida leading the nation with close to 90 cases of the mosquito-borne disease, the state’s congressional leaders say it’s even more crucial that something is done. Sascha Cordner reports.

Florida has long been a haven for bees and beekeeping.  The state is a prime source for world-famous Tupelo honey, for instance.  But with so many honeybee colonies in America now in danger of destruction, there’s a push for a new Florida research facility to come up with possible solutions.  As Jessica Palombo with member station WJCT in Jacksonville tells us, it’s a matter of money to help safeguard the honey.