Capital Report: 05-01-2017

May 1, 2017

The American Petroleum Institute is praising President Donald Trump’s latest move to open up the eastern Gulf of Mexico to offshore drilling. But more than half of Florida’s Congressional delegation stands opposed and as Jim Ash reports, the timing of Trump’s latest executive orders is a little awkward.

A measure to send 300-million dollars to help eight Panhandle Counties recover following the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill appears to be nearing a final hurdle to pass this legislative session. Regan McCarthy has more.....

Protestors gathered across the country on Saturday to push for government action on climate change.  South Florida protest sites included North Palm Beach, Miami and Mar-A-Lago.  WLRN’s Kate Stein reports that at George English Park in Fort Lauderdale, worries about equity intersected with concern for the environment.

The full Florida Senate is preparing to take up a modified version of the House’s tax cut proposal.  But Nick Evans reports a property tax measure may be more important to House leaders.

Legislation banning so called sanctuary policies has passed the Florida House. But it’s unclear whether the Senate will advance the bill in the final week.

The closing of a road prison in the Florida Keys has local businesses sorry to see it go as we hear from Nancy Klingener from member station WLRN.

State employees will be getting a pay raise this year, under a proposal now heading to the Senate floor. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, it’s tied to a controversial pension reform issue and health insurance reform package backed by the House.