Capital Report: 04-27-2018

Apr 27, 2018

Florida voters will pick a slate of new state leaders, local legislative representatives, city and county officials, local referendums and toward the end, if they make it-- a dozen or so requests to change the state constitution. Yet some of those requests are likely to give voters pause upon a close read: do they want to ban indoor vaping while simultaneously banning offshore drilling? Lynn Hatter reports on why some of the amendments are bundled together with others.

The fight to restore voting rights for those with a felony in their past has become a rapidly intensifying factor in shaping the upcoming state elections. Ryan Dailey reports after an apparent political victory for Governor Rick Scott’s cabinet, Democratic challengers are hitting back.

There are two Republicans already running for Florida governor and they may soon be joined by a third.  The Associated Press’s Gary Fineout takes a look at the contenders.

Between a Medal of Heroism ceremony honoring a school resource officer and a commission convened to investigate the failings that led up to a Valentine’s Day massacre, mass school shootings still took center stage in Florida this week. Sascha Cordner reports.

This week Florida's 67 district school superintendents held a mental health summit to address what they'd already considered a crisis before the Parkland tragedy. Led by Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie, the summit drew lawmakers, behavioral health providers and state agency heads to Orlando for what many called an unprecedented gathering. Margie Menzel reports.

Florida’s wildlife commissioners are looking into new rules aimed at protecting, sharks, the people who fish for them and the people who swim at the beach. Regan McCarthy has more....

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants more research for approving the harvest of previously endangered goliath groupers. But, as Andrew Quintana reports, many against the decision say the science does not back up the reasoning.