Capital Report: 06-16-2017

Jun 16, 2017

Governor Rick Scott has approved a new law requiring school districts to share some locally generated and federal funds with public schools. But the fight over the measure may not be over yet. Lynn Hatter reports.

State workers are in for a raise after Governor Rick Scott approved a sweeping measure earlier this week [last week, but Nick Evans reports the pay bump comes with a tradeoff.

Under a newly signed Florida law, Possession of just four grams of the synthetic drug fentanyl can land a person in jail for a minimum of 3 years. Regan McCarthy reports some are pushing back against the mandatory minimum sentence. But others claim it makes sense when one considers that that same amount—just four grams--is enough to kill a room full of people.

Gun rights supporters as well as gun control advocates are declaring victory over this year’s Florida legislative session. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, they’re marking some disappointments as well.

It’s been about a year since a gunman killed 49 people in Orlando’s Pulse Night Club – a popular spot among members of the lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender community. After the incident, people lined up to give blood, and gay men pushed for the right to help their friends. But as Spencer Parlier (par-lee-air) reports 12 months later, a Food and Drug administration rule preventing sexually active gay men from giving blood still stands.

The Sabal Trail Pipeline is up and running, pumping natural gas some 515 miles from Alabama to Central Florida. But Kate Payne reports environmental concerns and legal challenges remain.