Capital Report: 04-18-2014

Apr 18, 2014

A proposal to give the children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition is on life support after a powerful committee chairman says he won’t hear the bill. Lynn Hatter reports the move has angered backers, and protests are being planned for the upcoming week.

Today, there’s no Florida law on the books to protect pregnant women from workplace discrimination. For months, the Florida Supreme Court grappled with that decision, and Thursday, they ruled employers can’t discriminate against pregnant women under the state’s civil rights act. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, one lawmaker says that still needs to be codified in state law.

With just  about two weeks left until the lawmakers start packing up to go home, a committee in the Senate is planning a last minute marathon next week in an attempt to shoe horn about 60 bills through the legislative process. Regan McCarthy has more….

Florida could soon appoint a cultural ambassador of sorts to help spread the word—about words. As Jessica Palombo reports, the bill creating a state poet laureate position seems poised to soon meet the governor’s pen.