Capital Report: 12-09-2016

Dec 9, 2016

Florida’s House members spent a few days in the capitol going over the rudiments of passing bills.  Nick Evans reports the so-called Legislator University is aimed at building unity ahead of a likely contentious legislative session.

In recent months, the Florida Supreme Court has delivered body blows to the conservative agenda, striking down key death penalty provisions and business-friendly workers’ compensation reforms.  Now, House Speaker Richard Corcoran is more determined than ever to cut the judiciary down to size.  Jim Ash has that story.

When Florida lawmakers new and old arrive for the annual lawmaking session they’ll be faced with a 25-billion dollar issue: Medicaid. Lynn Hatter reports the state’s health insurance program for low-income Floridians just keeps getting bigger, despite continued efforts to control costs.

This past summer’s Pulse Nightclub tragedy garnered national attention as the worst mass shooting in modern American history. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, while it certainly influenced the lives of those affected by the massacre, the incident is also influencing legislative issues for the 2017 Florida lawmaking session.

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows Florida’s gun homicide rates have increased dramatically under Stand Your Ground. In light of the new findings, Kate Payne checks in with critics and supporters of the controversial legislation.