Capital Report: 04-20-2017

Apr 20, 2017

Florida lawmakers are preparing to wrap several education policy issues into a single deal—what’s often called a “train” bill in legislative parlance. Lynn Hatter reports the massive proposal represents an emerging compromise on everything from school testing to recess.

Solar advocates are breathing easier now that there appears to be a deal between the Florida House and Senate on Implementing Amendment Four.  Jim Ash has that story.

Florida lawmakers want to preempt local ordinances for projects that get mostly state funding. Despite a litany of complaints from cities and counties, the bill is now heading to the Senate floor. Kate Payne has this story.

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill changing how juveniles are punished for low-level offenses. But the addition of an amendment allowing mercy for adults is drawing concerns. Joseph Zeballos-Roig reports.

This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and at the Florida Capitol, a large display with more than a thousand shoes worn by sex abuse survivors can be seen through the rest of this week. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, a group of survivors as well as advocates also trekked to Tallahassee to share their stories.

States like California, Illinois and Ohio has set up comprehensive trauma recovery programs for violent crime victims.  Florida provides some services through the Attorney General’s office, but advocates charge, as Sarah Mueller tells us, those services don’t go far enough.

A measure that would start an industrial hemp pilot program in Florida passed its final Senate Committee Thursday. But Regan McCarthy reports stakeholders are calling for changes before the bill is voted off the floor.