Capital Report: 05-09-2014

May 9, 2014

Nearly a million Floridians have gained insurance though federal exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act. Many of those people are seeing big savings on their insurance costs, courtesy of subsidies they’ve received from the federal government, but as Lynn Hatter reports, hundreds of thousands more Floridians are still left with nothing.

After lawmakers pushed a couple of measures through the Capitol this legislative session aimed at helping undocumented immigrants achieve new goals some are questioning the motive behind the bills. Regan McCarthy reports Republicans and Democrats are both claiming the other side is pandering for votes.

Did the Republican-led Legislature - as well as the Governor- move more to the center this year, considering some of the bills that passed this Session, like medical marijuana and in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants? Sascha Cordner asked some political experts to weigh in on the issue.

It’s no secret that law enforcement is one of the most hazardous professions.  That became even more apparent this week as the Florida Sheriff’s Association added seven names to its fallen officers’ memorial wall in Tallahassee.  As Jessica Palombo reports, sheriffs say their efforts - including their self-sacrifice – have contributed to the state’s lowest crime rate in more than forty years.