Capital Report: 11-25-2016

Nov 25, 2016

A strong majority of Florida’s voters came together behind a constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana.  Now Nick Evans reports Florida’s lawmakers have to come together to roll out the changes.

While the fortunes of his Democratic Party couldn’t be much worse, the timing for former U.S. Senator Bob Graham’s new book, “America: The Owner’s Manual,” couldn’t be better.  The iconic Florida Democrat and his co-author Chris Hand spoke with Florida Public Radio’s Jim Ash about their prescription for making government more responsive in the Donald Trump era.

Florida’s largest state agency is asking the governor and legislature to up its budget by nearly one-hundred-fifty million dollars during the lawmaking session that begins in March.  As Sascha Cordner reports, pay hikes are among the agency heads’ top legislative priorities.  And the union that has taken back the bargaining rights for the department’s correctional officers hopes even more money will be forthcoming.

Floridians with HIV and their advocates are hoping to find community, friendship and a place at the table this holiday season. Regan McCarthy has more....

North Florida’s Fennholloway River runs 36 miles through rural Taylor County before flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.  The “river” is so small it’s not even found on most maps.  For years it was used for industrial dumping, a status granted by the state to lure manufacturers to the area.  Today, the Foley Cellulose Mill is the largest of those businesses.  For many local residents, the plant and the county are nearly synonymous and, when it comes to a fight over a proposed wastewater pipeline, most Taylor residents are choosing economics over the environment as Lynn Hatter reports.