Capital Report: 04-25-2014

Apr 25, 2014

As the House and Senate try to come up with a 75-billion dollar spending plan  for Florida, one of the biggest issues lawmakers will have to decide is the fate of the joint Florida A&M/ Florida State University Engineering School. Lynn Hatter reports that issue could be decided by the top lawmakers in both chambers.

The Florida House passed a bill Friday that merges two pension reform proposals: one dealing with local pensions and another dealing with the state’s pension system. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, it’s unclear what will happen in the other chamber now that the combined bill is still two separate proposals in the Senate.

Non-citizens brought to Florida illegally as children could get the chance to practice law under a measure the Senate passed today [Friday]. As Jessica Palombo reports, a recent Florida Supreme Court opinion urged the Legislature to allow leeway for undocumented immigrants applying to the Florida Bar.

Should community association managers be able to fill out standard forms and make binding agreements without the oversight of lawyer? Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers in the Florida House worked to answer that question Friday.

The subject of climate change hasn’t really come up during this year’s meeting of lawmakers in Tallahassee.  With the exception of the possibility of gas and oil exploration in Collier County, the legislature has been mostly silent when it comes to the impact of fossil fuels on the larger environment. However, the situation was very different in Tampa this week.  There, as Sean Kinane (kuh-NANN) from member station WMNF reports, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change met and that group’s chair sounded an ominous warning.