Capital Report: 10-27-2017

Oct 27, 2017

Florida lawmakers are grappling with where one person’s rights end and another’s begin as debates over a texting while driving bill turn emotional. Regan McCarthy has more....

Late Friday (10/27) afternoon, Senator Jeff Clemons who was prominently featured in the preceding story by Regan McCarthy announced his resignation from the Florida Senate.  This followed revelations of his affair with a Tallahassee lobbyist.

Florida health officials are under fire for the slow roll-out of new medical marijuana licenses.  Nick Evans reports state lawmakers are rejecting the department's excuses.

The U.S. State Department considers child marriage a human rights abuse. Still, the practice continues not just in faraway places, but in the state of Florida. Kate Payne reports a coalition is walking the halls of the state capitol to change that.

In the coming weeks, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will be putting the finishing touches on a newly created office where juveniles and their families can raise concerns. As Sascha Cordner reports, that’s just one of the reforms the head of DJJ recently told a group of lawmakers, who had some suggestions of their own to address abuses within the system outlined in a Miami Herald investigative series.

After years of poor student academic performance, a crumbling infrastructure and budget deficit, North Florida’s Jefferson County School system became the state’s firs charter school district this year.  Today, it has fewer than a thousand students and all attend a consolidated K through 12 school run by Somerset Academy, a charter school network.  Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter sat down with Jefferson Superintendent Marianne Arbulu to talk about the future of Jefferson, what happened and what’s left to do.

That was Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter speaker with Jefferson County School Superintendent Marianne Arbulu.