Capital Report: 11-17-2017

Nov 20, 2017

Automation. Development. Citrus greening.  Florida’s agriculture industry is hurting and Hurricane Irma was only the most recent blow.  Kate Payne reports lawmakers will be considering how to support the industry – second only to tourism – during the upcoming lawmaking session.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is heaping praise on state Republican leaders for approving a controversial education law now heading to the courts. Lynn Hatter reports Bush calls House Bill 7069 a bold move amid slumping state educational progress.

The Florida Legislature is poised to make good on a 2016 decision to replace one of its entries in Washington D.C.’s statuary hall.  Nick Evans reports Mary McLeod Bethune seems likely to get the nod.

After years of failed attempts to expand Medicaid insurance coverage in Florida, one recently formed group is pushing for something more -- single payer.  Normally that means complete government control of health insurance.  But as we hear from Ryan Benk at member station WJCT in Jacksonville, the drive for a package of constitutional amendments is focusing on a strategy that keeps private insurance intact.

Florida lawmakers are trying once against to stop greyhound racing in Florida. Regan McCarthy has more.

With the third largest inmate population in the U-S, the Florida Department of Corrections is continuing to look for ways to get that number to decrease—even as it’s started declining in recent years. As Sascha Cordner reports, state lawmakers may be coming together on a solution that used to be controversial in the past.

States are competitive whether they’re vying to keep their military bases or to attract new corporate headquarters.  And now, there’s a new tug of war – this time over military retirees who come with pensions, health care and are a proven workforce. Florida is already known as a “retiree mecca” - but the state is adding veteran specific programs to entice even more military retirees. Bobbie O’Brien reports from St. Petersburg.