Capital Report: 12-29-2017

Dec 29, 2017

One of the biggest stories of the year has been the increasing number of people, mostly men that have lost positions of power due to sexual harassment. And the issue has hit politics particularly hard—from state houses to the halls of Congress. When the Florida legislature convenes in January, the specter surrounding one powerful lawmaker threatens to overtake the business of making laws for the state. Lynn Hatter reports on Clearwater Republican Senator Jack Latvala continued fight against allegations of sexual harassment and the mounting evidence he is on the losing end.

Lynn Hatter and Tom Flanigan discuss last week’s decision by Senator Jack Latvala to leave the Legislature in the wake of those sexual harassment allegations.

Local government leaders and members of the Florida House appear to be drawing their battle lines for the upcoming legislative session. Regan McCarthy has more....

Regan McCarthy discusses the growing pushback from Florida’s local governments over what they perceive to be legislative overreach.

In the latter part of this year, a lot has happened surrounding Florida’s Juvenile Justice system. A Miami Herald six-part investigative “Fight Club” series detailed abuses within the state’s juvenile facilities. In the run up to the 2018 legislative session, Florida lawmakers have been questioning the head of DJJ Christy Daly as well. And, more questions could follow when the session starts in January. For now, Sascha Cordner takes a look back at what issues the Secretary and lawmakers are hoping to address.

Sascha Cordner looks ahead to what may happen in regards juvenile justice reform during the 2018 Session.

In November the Trump Administration ended the temporary protective status of Haitian immigrants. The program means tens of thousands of Haitians who fled the 2010 earthquake could soon be at risk of deportation. We’re looking back at Kate Payne’s visit to a Haitian church in North Florida to see how the community is reacting.

Kate Payne talks about how the end of special protections for Haitian emigres may play out in 2018.

In July, scientists released a dozen eastern indigo snakes in North Florida after they had been absent from the landscape for decades.  Nick Evans was there for the reintroduction and earlier this month he went back to get an update on how the project is going.