Capital Report: 05-26-2017

May 30, 2017

Florida Tax Watch is calling for Governor Rick Scott to veto money for more than 100 projects it calls “budget turkeys” that didn’t go through the legislature’s proper vetting process. But the watchdog group says the process was more transparent this year. Sarah Mueller reports.

The US Supreme court’s silence on Florida’s appeal settles it:  capital cases in the state require unanimous jury sentences.  But Nick Evans reports many are dubious about how state courts are applying the standard to previously settled cases and state officials remain uncertain of how far the changes reach.

Capital reporters Kate Payne, Nick Evans, Jim Ash and Regan McCarthy discuss the week in Tallahassee and look ahead to a probably legislative special session and an ever-expanding race for Florida governor, among other issues.

Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law inspired by two teenagers who remain lost at sea. Sascha Cordner reports.

Florida’s Haitian immigrants are getting a six month reprieve on deportation orders. Advocates are claiming a small victory, but the timeline falls short of what many hoped for. Kate Payne reports some are worried the community’s special status may be coming to an end.