Capital Report: 04-27-2017

Apr 27, 2017

Budget talks have begun—or at least the public face of them have started.  Nick Evans reports lawmakers are planning an extremely tight timeline.

Florida lawmakers appear to be moving forward with a House-driven bill boosting funding to charter schools that set up near chronically failing public schools. The measure, dubbed “Schools of Hope”, is a priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran but its final form is still being debated.

A new gambling plan for the state of Florida is continuing to take shape. Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers appear determined to hammer out an agreement—saying the alternative would give the judicial system too much control.

Florida lawmakers want to issue special certificates to families who experience miscarriages. Supporters say they want to comfort grieving families. But there are concerns the bill could affect access to abortions. Kate Payne reports.

Advocates are hopeful they’ll see legislation implementing tax breaks on solar energy pass the legislature this session. But they’re not happy with different parts of the House and Senate bills as we hear from Sarah Mueller.

Last week, the Florida House formally apologized to the former wards of two now-closed reform schools for the abuse they say they suffered. Now, the Florida Senate is doing the same as we hear from Sascha Cordner.