Capital Report

Fridays, 6:30 pm ET & 9:00 pm ET

WFSU/Florida Public Radio reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers between legislative sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business or the arts, Capital Report gives information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians.

Capital Report is broadcast each Friday at 6:30 pm and 9:00pm ET on 88.9FM - WFSU Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1FM -WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

During Florida Legislative Session: Weekdays 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm ET - 88.9FM WFSU Tallahassee & Weekdays 5:30 pm CT - 89.1FM WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

Capital Report: 04-07-2017

Apr 7, 2017

By scaling back the cost and size of a proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, Senate President Joe Negron appears to be making progress with critics. But as Jim Ash reports, a deal is still far from certain.

While several gun bills appeared stalled in the Florida Senate, a couple recently passed the House. As Sascha Cordner reports, one gives places of worship attached to a school the authority to allow guns on the property.

Florida Public Radio’s Regan McCarthy, Nick Evans, Kate Payne and Sarah Mueller review some of the top news stories of the week.

Capital Report: 04-06-2017

Apr 6, 2017

The Florida House is forging ahead with a measure funneling millions of dollars to a pregnancy support organization that opposes abortion.  Nick Evans reports the move could sideline Planned Parenthood.

A Vero Beach Republican is winning the hearts of patient advocates – as well as the ire of some powerful opponents – with a bill that would ban health insurance companies from dropping prescription drug coverage without notice.  Jim Ash has that story.

Capital Report: 04-05-2017

Apr 5, 2017

The Florida House is advancing its plan for cutting taxes.  Nick Evans reports on top of nearly 300 million dollars in reductions, lawmakers want to increase the homestead exemption by half.

A proposed payment system for nursing homes is dividing the industry, with some praising a proposal in the Senate, and others saying it will hurt access to nursing homes for Medicaid patients. Lynn Hatter reports.

Capital Report: 04-04-2017

Apr 4, 2017

Lawmakers are trying to overhaul Florida’s beleaguered workers’ compensation system, but as Jim Ash reports, unions, legal experts and employer groups aren’t happy.

Panama City Representative Jay Trumball’s legislation makes it easier to set up more trauma centers in the state. But hospitals say it will destroy the quality of care patients get. And as Sarah Mueller reports, doctors took to the Capitol to oppose the measure.

Capital Report: 04-03-2017

Apr 3, 2017

After a rough start, a Florida Senate education panel has managed to move a major testing bill forward. Lynn Hatter reports the proposal is a mix of two separate testing bills.

Roth IRAS, pensions, investments, money markets , credit scores...Personal finance can be difficult to navigate. Regan McCarthy reports now Florida lawmakers want to help.

Capital Report: 03-31-2017

Mar 31, 2017

Capital Report Correspondents Nick Evans, Lynn Hatter and Regan McCarthy talk about the week’s top stories at the Capitol.

Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission holds its first public hearing in twenty years.  The gathering took place in Orlando and Lynn Hatter talks to WMFE News Director Catherine Welch about it.

The Florida House has voted to expand autism awareness training for law enforcement. Support for the issue amped up this session after a North Miami officer shot at an autistic man he thought was dangerous. Kate Payne reports.

Capital Report: 03-30-2017

Mar 30, 2017

The House is proposing nearly 300 million dollars in tax cuts.  Nick Evans reports the ways and means committee unveiled their ideas this week.
A gambling overhaul bill passed through the full Florida Senate Thursday. Meanwhile the House bill is heading for that chamber’s floor. While leaders say it’s been years since a gambling bill has advanced so far through the process, others point out there’s a long way left to go.

Capital Report: 03-29-2017

Mar 29, 2017

A rift has emerged on a now-familiar fault line in the Florida House and Senate Education spending plans. Lynn Hatter reports the chambers are again at odds over how to count what’s known as the required local effort to fund public schools.

The Florida House is looking at allowing students to take a computer coding course to fulfill credit requirements in lieu of a foreign language.  Catherine Buckler reports, the bill was amended before the vote.

Capital Report: 03-28-2017

Mar 28, 2017

The Florida House and Senate are planning big cuts to Florida hospitals and those groups say it will hurt medical care access for the poor and disabled.  We get the latest on that story from Sarah Mueller.

Florida State University could soon face a lawsuit following a shooting on campus that left one student paralyzed. Ronny Ahmed was shot multiple times by the man who opened fire in Strozier Library on a late night in November 2014. Lynn Hatter reports at issue is whether the school was negligent in its security.

Capital Report: 03-27-2017

Mar 27, 2017

A Senate education panel has temporarily postponed a school testing overhaul bill—putting one of the two major testing proposals in jeopardy. Lynn Hatter reports on the latest between warring testing philosophies in the legislature.

Florida mayors have been ramping up the pressure on legislators.  As Jim Ash reports, local governments are complaining about what they consider to be the biggest legislative power grab in modern history.