Capital Report: 04-25-2017

Apr 25, 2017

It appears talks regarding Florida’s budget have re-started with the House budget chief saying talks could begin as early as tonight (Tuesday).  Lynn Hatter reports earlier in the day the House’s budget committee voted to re-authorize the current year’s spending plan with a few changes, after lawmakers appeared to be at a stand-off.

House and Senate Republicans have different ideas about how to address a dramatic spike in workers’ compensation rates. But as Jim Ash reports, unions and trial attorneys are now saying the Senate version is the most worker friendly.

Amid budget negotiations, the House and Senate may be using the revival of a controversial pension reform package as a means to get on the same page. Sascha Cordner reports.

A bill aimed at criminalizing the deadly drug fentanyl (FEN-tan-nil) is heading to the Senate floor.  The measure comes as the Legislature is struggling to respond to the state’s opioid crisis.  But the plan has lawmakers questioning whether they should combat addiction with punishment or treatment, as we hear from Kate Payne.

Medical marijuana measures in the House and Senate are heading to the floor.  Nick Evans reports lawmakers are making some last minute adjustments ahead of negotiations. 

Panama City Representative Jay Trumbull has revamped his legislation on the state’s trauma centers. It’s not clear whether the House bill will make it through the Senate. As Sarah Mueller reports… the Senate’s legislation on trauma centers has already died.

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Members of the Florida House moved through a long list of bills during a floor session Tuesday. Regan McCarthy reports the meeting teed up several tax cut proposals for a floor vote.

Our regular Capital Report correspondents are: Jim Ash, Sascha Cordner, Nick Evans, Lynn Hatter, Regan McCarthy, Sarah Mueller and Kate Payne.  We also thank our contributing Florida Public Radio stations.  Technical assistance for Capital Report is provided by Taylor Cox and I’m Tom Flanigan. Follow us on Twitter at FPR Cap Report.  Please join us each weeknight at this time throughout the 2017 Florida Lawmaking Session for more reports from the State Capitol.