Capital Report: 12-08-2017

Dec 8, 2017

Clearwater Republican Senator Jack Latvala continues to fight against allegations of sexual harassment but there’s mounting evidence he is on the losing end. Lynn Hatter reports the state’s House Speaker said recently Latvala could end up being kicked out the chamber in January.

First responders run towards crashes, emergencies and catastrophes, not away from them. And for some, their experiences are leading to post traumatic stress disorder. But in Florida, first responders who develop PTSD on the job don’t get compensated, unless they have a physical injury as well. Kate Payne reports on efforts to change that. A note to listeners, this story includes frank talk of death and suicide.

The official start to the 2018 legislative session is about a month away, and already, some high profile gun bills appear to be dead. As Sascha Cordner reports, discussion surrounding the proposals not only pit Republicans against one another, it’s led to sparring between gun rights groups as well.

A new Florida law allows any state resident to challenge what’s being taught in public schools.  A handful of complaints have been filed in school districts statewide since the law took effect in July.  Cathy Carter with member station WUSF in Tampa spoke with Renalia (ren-NAIL-ee-uh) DuBose (duh-BOZE), a professor at W-M-U Cooley Law School in Tampa about what the new Florida textbook challenge law is all about.

When the 2018 lawmaking session begins in January, Florida lawmakers will again wrestle with who we honor and how we memorialize them.  Nick Evans reports one measure would establish a monument—another would remove one.