Capital Report: 10-13-2017

Oct 16, 2017

Substance abuse experts and law enforcement officers are calling on lawmakers to bolster access to treatment for people battling opioid addiction.  Nick Evans reports the biggest focus is on medication- assisted treatments.

Florida’s beaches are in constant need of restoration, to truck in sand that the sea washes away. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, miles of critically eroded beaches are in even more danger. Kate Payne reports a powerful lawmaker is once again trying to get funding to replenish the shorelines.

The Miami Herald has spent the last two years looking into systemic abuse with the department that’s intended to rehabilitate kids who get into trouble.  The investigation into the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice – which was released this week – is called “Fight Club.”  The Miami Herald’s Marbin Miller reports on what they found.

Florida lawmakers are expected to soon take a deeper look into the Miami Herald investigative series, which detailed abuses within the state’s juvenile facilities.  This was Committee Week in Tallahassee.  And, as Sascha Cordner reports, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice gave the head of the Florida’s juvenile justice system a preview of what’s likely to come.

As Florida lawmakers work to curb texting while driving, one representative is turning to local governments for help. Regan McCarthy has more...