Capital Report: 04-28-2014

Apr 28, 2014

A bill filed to make sure tragedies like Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting don’t happen in Florida passed the state House Monday. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the measure that could allow teachers to carry guns on school campus drew a lot of fire from Democrats.

Plans to divide the jointly-run Florida A&M -Florida State University College of Engineering are on hold, for now. Lynn Hatter reports legislative budget officials dropped the idea during Sunday negotiations, opting instead to do a study on whether the split is even feasible.

Opponents are calling the measures “racist” and “xenophobic”.  Supporters say they’re pre-emptive strikes against undue alien influence..  As Ryan Benk reports, bills to ban foreign codes of law from Florida jurisprudence and give local school boards more authority to choose textbooks were up for Senate debate today.

Floridians could soon have more choices when it comes to flood insurance. Regan McCarthy reports a bill passed out of the full House Monday that would let private companies write flood insurance in Florida.

Even with dozens of bills left on the agenda, the Florida Senate on Monday devoted hours to honoring outgoing Senate President Don Gaetz. As Jessica Palombo reports, Gaetz reflected on the chamber’s proudest accomplishments since he took the helm last year.