Capital Report: 06-13-2014

Jun 13, 2014

Governor Rick Scott recently signed the so-called Immigrant Tuition bill into law that would grant in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants. Since near the end of Session, Scott has been touting the legislation and even did a week-long tour this week. While it’s publicized more as a Hispanic win, Sascha Cordner reports on other segments of the immigrant population who will be also affected by the new law.

Florida lawyers agree there’s a funding crisis that threatens legal service for the poor. But there’s disagreement among them on how to fix the problem. As Jessica Palombo reports, the Florida Bar opposes a proposal by hundreds of attorneys to raise Bar membership dues to cover the cost.

According to recent polls, a plan to allow medical marijuana in Florida enjoys strong support among the state’s voters.   Opponents of the proposed amendment to the state constitution are ramping up the rhetoric.  But as Nick Evans reports, at least one person, who used to be the state’s attorney general, thinks the claims comings from organizations like Don’t Let Florida GoTo Pot, may be a bit overblown .

After what some critics have called a “rigged start”, Florida State University officials have made an about-face in an effort to redefine the kind of leader they’re seeking to head the university.  Regan McCarthy reports the change comes after a public outcry from the school’s faculty and students.

You’ve heard it once, you’ve probably heard it hundreds of times from Florida emergency people….Get a plan!  Of course, they’re talking about knowing what you need to do, where you need to go and lots of other considerations in the event of something terrible, like a hurricane.  But for those who have special medical needs, that advance preparation becomes even more critical.  From registering for special needs shelters to early prescription refills, Lottie Watts with member station WUSF in Tampa takes a look at how people with medical needs get ready for the storms to come.

When it comes to a wide and sometimes exotic assortment of flora and fauna, the Florida Keys has few competitors.  In fact, some of the most exotic fauna is frequently of the human variety.  That species probably won’t disappear anytime soon, but there are some other kinds of Keys wildlife that really are endangered.  In recent years, there’s been a growing push to protect native animals while repelling the invaders that could harm the natural balance.  As Lynn Hatter discovered, during her recent trip to Key West, not all of the invading species can be called “exotic.”