Capital Report: 04-21-2014
The Florida House has unveiled its proposal to overhaul the state’s troubled child welfare agency. Lynn Hatter reports it’s a continuation of efforts by lawmakers to revamp the agency after a Miami Herald Investigation revealed more than three-dozen children who had previous contact with the department, died.
A passionately, tearfully debated bill legalizing non-smoked medical marijuana is headed to the Florida House floor after passing its final committee today [Monday]. But as Jessica Palombo reports, some who voted for the measure warned they could not continue supporting it in its current form.
A passionately-debated effort to overhaul the Florida Retirement System has now been merged with a widely-supported effort to fix local government pensions. It’s part of an ongoing push by House Speaker Will Weatherford to get his state pension reform effort over the finish line. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, many are now speaking out against the now-merged House proposal Monday.
A bill that would impose new government ethics reforms is moving in the House again after a group of advocates called for action on the measure last week. Regan McCarthy has more…..
Someone - there’s some debate as to whether it was Will Rogers or Mark Twain - said you can tell when a politician is lying if their lips are moving. Certainly today’s hyper-charged political campaigns are often known for their casual approach to accuracy, as well as their incredible expense. Ryan Benk took a look at what’s happening in Florida in the ramp-up to this fall’s elections. He begins with a conversation with one of the state’s top political journalists.