Capital Report: 05-05-2017

May 5, 2017

After much wrangling, wringing of hands and backroom negotiating, the leaders of the Florida House and Senate finally announced an $83-billion state budget compromise last night.  The single largest impediment to reaching that compromise was the money the state provides safety-net hospitals to cover the cost of providing health care to those on Medicaid or those without any health coverage at all.  To find out what happened during that discussion at the highest levels of the Legislature, we spoke to Michael Auslen.  He’s a reporter with the combined capital bureau of the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald.

Florida lawmakers are on track to vote on the budget Monday. That makes today (Friday) the last chance for them to get the remaining bills passed. Kate Payne has this rundown of the Senate’s 11th hour deliberations.

Florida lawmakers were cracking down on the synthetic opioid fentanyl today (Friday). Legislation ramping up punishment for its possession is now headed to Governor Scott as we hear from Sarah Mueller.

A bill creating memorials to remember the boys who died and were buried in unmarked graves on the Dozier School for Boys’ grounds is now heading to Governor Rick Scott. As Sascha Cordner reports, it’s part two of what the Florida legislature’s doing to help address the abuses that occurred at the school decades ago.

Lynn Hatter, Nick Evans, Jim Ash and Regan McCarthy discuss the frantic final hours of what would have been the last day of Session, had not the final budget vote been delayed until Monday (5/8).