Capital Report: 12-16-2016

Dec 16, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is generating an environmental backlash as he puts together a cabinet dominated by fossil fuel interests.  Jim Ash reports some of the nation’s largest non-profits are reporting a surge in web hits, newsletter subscriptions and donations.

On the heels of the 2016 presidential election lawmakers are reviewing what went well while looking toward some changes. Regan McCarthy has more...

Florida lawmakers could take up an education agenda that includes testing changes, mandatory recess, more money for teachers and a greater focus on higher education…at least, that’s what the leaders in the Senate are thinking.  Lynn Hatter reports on what the education discussions in advance of the 2017 session have been looking like thus far.

A fight over conservative principles in the Florida Capitol took an interesting turn this week, sweeping up the rapper Pitbull and even landing on the celebrity gossip site T-M-Z. The fight over economic development programs hints at the conflicts that could drive the upcoming session. Kate Payne reports.

Florida’s Amendment Two passed by an historic margin.  But although the people have spoken, Nick Evans reports state and local leaders are far from certain about the path forward. 

There’s a bipartisan effort underway relating to driving legislation. As Sascha Cordner reports, they include enhancing texting while driving penalties and making sure Florida public school students stay on campus for lunch.