Capital Report: 04-24-2017

Apr 24, 2017

Back on Friday, Florida lawmakers seemed on the fast track to crafting a budget.  But now, as Lynn Hatter tells Tom Flanigan, negotiations between the House and Senate have hit a huge snag.

Nearly three years after voters greenlighted Amendment 1, a North Fort Myers Republican wants to change the land acquisition funding formula. The late-session move is raising eyebrows, but as Jim Ash tells us, Representative Matt Caldwell says his goal is to increase funding for the iconic Florida Forever.

Florida’s gambling leaders are once again looking for a way to strike a deal. Members of the House and Senate gambling conference met once last week, then put talks on hold following a ruling from the state supreme court. Now Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers are looking into how the courts could play into the state’s gambling plans.

A measure aimed at making it easier for cellular companies to add hardware to telephone poles is heading to the house floor.  Supporters say the move is necessary to meet growing demands on bandwidth, but opponents call it an industry handout.  Nick Evans has more.

A bill making it easier for certain people to get their mugshots removed and records sealed has already passed the Florida Senate. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, after recently passing its last committee in the House, it’s now headed to the floor.

The Capitol held a ceremony Monday morning for fallen officers. Catherine Buckler reports.