Capital Report: 04-23-2014

Apr 23, 2014

Today (Wednesday), the Florida Senate teed up several measures, unanimously passed a bunch more, and sent some over to the Governor for his signature. As Sascha Cordner reports, that includes a bill addressing juvenile life sentencing, a pair of gun-related measures, and another that ups the speed limit on several highways.

Lawmakers in the Florida House passed a bill Wednesday aimed at cracking down on adults in schools who participate in inappropriate relationships with students.

A years-long effort to revamp the rules that govern nursing home lawsuits is now before the Governor to sign, veto or to become law without his signature. Lynn Hatter reports the proposal marks a compromise among varying groups that don’t normally agree on litigation issues.

A state lawmaker whose energy policy proposals failed this year is hoping Floridians will get the chance to vote on them directly. As Jessica Palombo reports, Democratic activists joined the representative Wednesday to push for constitutional amendments aimed at encouraging energy diversity and repealing a customer fee.

When it comes to the Sunshine State’s political contests this year the Florida gubernatorial race has taken center stage.  But, as Ryan Benk reports, one North Florida congressional race is now heating up.  Incumbent Republican Steve Southerland is hoping for a third term in the face of an increasingly aggressive Democratic opponent.