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: 01-29-2018

Jan 29, 2018

About five million dollars separates the Florida House and Senate’s criminal justice budget. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, while there are some differences, there are areas where both chambers agree.

Home rule is a growing subject of debate in the state of Florida as local government leaders fight against preemption and a House many say is particularly aggressive in its efforts to dismantle local rules that it sees as crossing the line. Now as Regan McCarthy reports the issue is before the state’s constitution revision commission.

Capital Report: 01-26-2018

Jan 26, 2018

Florida voters could be asked to reconsider a long-standing ban on public funding to religious organizations. The proposal passed a key education committee of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission Friday. Lynn Hatter explains what the Blaine Amendment is, and its impact on education in the state.

Capital Report: 01-25-2018

Jan 25, 2018

With a new change, a bill has narrowly passed its first Senate committee giving religious institutions the right to allow guns on their property, if they’re attached to a school. As Sascha Cordner report, that’s after it’s failed twice before in that same committee for the 2018 legislative session.

Florida lawmakers want more people to be able to report a drug or alcohol overdoses without fear of retaliation. The effort comes after the high-profile death of a college student, and as the state’s opioid-related deaths continue to rise. Kate Payne reports.

Capital Report: 01-24-2018

Jan 24, 2018

A gun bill that’s had some problems in the Florida Senate this legislative session has passed its first House committee. Sascha Cordner reports.

The Florida House and Senate are already clashing over education—higher ed in particular. Lynn Hatter reports the House is planning deep cuts for the state’s public colleges and universities while the Senate is looking to increase funding for both systems.

New legislation expanding a needle-exchange program moved through both the Florida House and Senate today. Sara Hetherington (heather-ing-ton) reports.

Capital Report: 01-23-2018

Jan 23, 2018

This November Floridians will decide whether felons should get their voting rights back. After activists gathered over one million petitions, the constitutional amendment has qualified for the 2018 ballot. Kate Payne reports.

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission convenes every twenty years to review proposals to the state constitution. This go-around, the commission began with nearly 900 filed proposals. A proposed bill of rights for nursing home residents has proven contentious, as Sara Hetherington (heather–ing–ton) reports.

Capital Report: 01-22-2018

Jan 22, 2018

The Florida House is ready to take up two familiar healthcare reform measures Wednesday. Supporters say both bills will make care more accessible and more affordable. But Kate Payne reports the plans face uphill battles in the Senate.

A proposal moving through the Florida Constitution Revision Commission—a body that meets one every two decades to bring proposed constitutional changes directly to voters—would give more duties to the state’s Lt. Governor. Regan McCarthy has more...

Capital Report: 01-19-2018

Jan 19, 2018

The plight of immigrants brought to the United States as children reverberated throughout national politics this week. But DACA sparked lively debates in Florida as well. Kate Payne catches us up on the program, which is slated to expire in March.

Florida lawmakers appear to be fast tracking a controversial bill that seeks to regulate the state’s pregnancy crisis centers. As Sascha Cordner reports, the measure that wades into the abortion debate has already passed the Florida House and is now heading to the Senate floor.

Capital Report: 01-18-2018

Jan 18, 2018

State House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants the Department of Homeland Security to investigate two Florida mayors for supporting sanctuary city policies. It’s the latest in Corcoran’s push for attention on the issue. Lynn Hatter reports.

Florida lawmakers are working on a bill they hope will help pave a faster path forward for children of incarcerated parents.  That story from Regan McCarthy.

A Florida lawmaker is trying to revive a gun bill that has already failed to pass twice during the 2018 legislative session. Sascha Cordner reports.

Capital Report: 01-17-2018

Jan 17, 2018

Florida lawmakers want to tighten the rules for low-income families getting cash assistance. Kate Payne reports a bill moving in the House would withhold benefits longer for those who don’t meet work requirements.

Capital Report: 01-16-2018

Jan 16, 2018

The Florida House is rolling out dozens of recommendations on the state’s hurricane response efforts. Kate Payne reports equipping emergency shelters and preparing healthcare facilities top the list.

In 2017 the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped reunite thousands of pets with their owners. Many of those animals had been lost during disasters such as the wildfires in California as well as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Now Regan McCarthy reports Florida leaders are taking steps to help pets and their owners stay together should another disaster occur.

Capital Report: 01-15-2018

Jan 16, 2018

In advance of this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observance, Tom Flanigan reports Florida’s Capital City was marking the occasion with various events intended to promote historic appreciation and racial dialogue.

One doesn’t need to look far to find examples of threats being made through social media. Messages left online can have real impacts on their victims, but Regan McCarthy reports, Florida officials say there’s little they can do about it since technology has outpaced the stat law.

Capital Report: 01-12-2018

Jan 12, 2018

President Donald Trump’s derogatory statements on Thursday about a number of countries are echoing through the Florida political landscape.  Nick Evans has the story—a warning: the language here could be inappropriate for some listeners. 

Lynn Hatter and Kate Payne hit some of the highlights in both legislative chambers as the first week of the 2018 Session comes to a close.

Capital Report: 01-11-2018

Jan 11, 2018

Lawmakers are beginning to tackle the opioid crisis.  But while seemingly everyone agrees the Legislature needs to intervene, Nick Evans reports the road ahead might be a little bumpy—as even supporters seem to have quibbles, tweaks or additions they’d like to offer. 

Capital Report: 01-10-2018

Jan 10, 2018

As the 2018 legislative session gets under way Republicans are forging ahead with a plan to make it harder for future lawmakers to raise taxes.  Nick Evans reports the initiative has broad support among GOP leaders, and they’ve got enough members to send the idea to the ballot. 

For the past several years, the Florida House and Senate have battled over how to pay for public schools.  And as Lynn Hatter reports, the House is drawing a line in the sand over what it will and won’t do when it comes to deciding how to appropriate those funds.

Capital Report: 01-09-2018

Jan 9, 2018

Governor Scott delivered his 8th and final State of the State address to Florida lawmakers on the first day of Session and Tom Flanigan has the highlights along with the two Democratic responses.

Florida Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran outlined their priorities before their members Tuesday morning.  Lynn Hatter and Nick Evans were following the action.

After Florida’s Republican leaders laid out their plans Tuesday, the state’s liberal-leaning advocates and lawmakers outlined their priorities. Kate Payne reports.

Capital Report: 01-05-2018

Jan 5, 2018

The Trump administration says it plans to open most U.S. waters to offshore oil drilling, and as Lynn Hatter reports that’s raising bipartisan hackles in Florida.

Florida’s Speaker of the House is promising to pass a bill restricting sanctuary policies in the first week of this year’s legislative session.  Kate Payne reports that’s despite arguments the plan is unconstitutional.

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.

Capital Report: 12-22-2017

Dec 22, 2017

A powerful Florida Senator who is also vying to be the GOP candidate for governor has been toppled over accusations of public corruption and sexual harassment. Lynn Hatter has the latest.

A state government agency charged with helping investigate sexual harassment complaints may not have the necessary resources if there’s a significant increase in the number of those complaints.  Tom Flanigan has more.

Capital Report: 12-15-17

Dec 18, 2017

With the 2018 legislative session looming, state officials are doing their level best to defuse a widening sexual harassment scandal.  Nick Evans reports the governor is ordering new training at state agencies. 

Outstanding prison lawsuits will mean less money to spend on Florida Department of Corrections’ priorities. That’s the message from the new Florida Senate Budget chair. Sascha Cordner reports.

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.

Capital Report: 12-01-2017

Dec 1, 2017

The 2017 Hurricane season is officially over. But lawmakers are still debating how to pick up the pieces, Kate Payne reports on where they’re focusing their efforts.

Florida voters could be asked to reconsider a ban on public funding for religious organizations. Lynn Hatter reports the language has its roots in the late 1800’s during a wave of new immigrants to the United States.

Capital Report: 11-24-2017

Nov 27, 2017

A bipartisan group of Florida legislators is making noise about criminal justice reform ahead of the 2018 session.  Nick Evans reports the group wants to lift the felony threshold for certain crimes, and give judges more flexibility in sentencing.

Lawmakers are considering a move that could limit the ability of local governments to make rules about where powerlines should go. Regan McCarthy has more.

Capital Report: 11-17-2017

Nov 20, 2017

Automation. Development. Citrus greening.  Florida’s agriculture industry is hurting and Hurricane Irma was only the most recent blow.  Kate Payne reports lawmakers will be considering how to support the industry – second only to tourism – during the upcoming lawmaking session.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is heaping praise on state Republican leaders for approving a controversial education law now heading to the courts. Lynn Hatter reports Bush calls House Bill 7069 a bold move amid slumping state educational progress.

Capital Report: 11-10-2017

Nov 10, 2017

Allegations of sexual harassment in Florida’s capitol are roiling the state legislature just as the lawmaking session is set to begin.  Nick Evans reports the flying accusations are putting other elected officials in an uncomfortable position.

The headlines have been full lately of stories about current and former government officials fighting accusations of poor behavior while in office. Some are facing investigations; others are facing time in jail. Now Regan McCarthy reports one committee is considering a number of new rules intended to help elected officials stay in line.

Capital Report: 11-03-2017

Nov 3, 2017

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....

The governor and state lawmakers are proposing new prescription limits to fight opioid abuse.  But they also want to require physicians use a long-standing drug monitoring database—raising the question, why wasn’t it mandatory to begin with?  Nick Evans has more.