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: 04-25-2017

Apr 25, 2017

It appears talks regarding Florida’s budget have re-started with the House budget chief saying talks could begin as early as tonight (Tuesday).  Lynn Hatter reports earlier in the day the House’s budget committee voted to re-authorize the current year’s spending plan with a few changes, after lawmakers appeared to be at a stand-off.

House and Senate Republicans have different ideas about how to address a dramatic spike in workers’ compensation rates. But as Jim Ash reports, unions and trial attorneys are now saying the Senate version is the most worker friendly.

Capital Report: 04-24-2017

Apr 24, 2017

Back on Friday, Florida lawmakers seemed on the fast track to crafting a budget.  But now, as Lynn Hatter tells Tom Flanigan, negotiations between the House and Senate have hit a huge snag.

Nearly three years after voters greenlighted Amendment 1, a North Fort Myers Republican wants to change the land acquisition funding formula. The late-session move is raising eyebrows, but as Jim Ash tells us, Representative Matt Caldwell says his goal is to increase funding for the iconic Florida Forever.

Capital Report: 04-21-2017

Apr 21, 2017

Can Florida Lawmakers leave Tallahassee on time? Lynn Hatter reports the mood in the state capital has gone from one of pessimism, to cautious optimism that leaders can strike key deals in time.

Tom Flanigan talks with Florida Public Radio’s Jim Ash, Sascha Cordner, Lynn Hatter and Nick Evans about the sudden resignation today of Miami State Senator Frank Artilles in the wake of a firestorm of controversy regarding offensive remarks he made to some senatorial colleagues at a Tallahassee bar earlier this week.

Capital Report: 04-20-2017

Apr 20, 2017

Florida lawmakers are preparing to wrap several education policy issues into a single deal—what’s often called a “train” bill in legislative parlance. Lynn Hatter reports the massive proposal represents an emerging compromise on everything from school testing to recess.

Solar advocates are breathing easier now that there appears to be a deal between the Florida House and Senate on Implementing Amendment Four.  Jim Ash has that story.

Capital Report: 04-19-2017

Apr 19, 2017

Jim Ash explains the circumstances that led to a South Florida senator apologizing to his colleagues at the start of this morning’s floor session and why some of those same colleagues are still calling for his resignation.

Capital Report: 04-18-2017

Apr 18, 2017

The Florida House and Senate have taken the very first steps toward working out a gambling deal this legislatives session. Regan McCarthy has more....

A panel of Florida lawmakers began a discussion this week to consider automatically restoring the civil rights of ex-felons who committed nonviolent crimes. Sascha Cordner reports.

A slate of changes to Florida’s guardianship law are heading to the governor’s desk. Kate Payne reports the updates legislators want are meant to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.

Capital Report: 04-17-2017

Apr 17, 2017

Jim Ash talks to Tom Flanigan about a late-called gubernatorial news conference today at the Capitol.

As the House and Senate prepare to begin hammering out their budget differences, some question whether those differences are too vast for the two chambers to come to a solution before the 60-day session’s end. But Regan McCarthy reports leaders in the House are confident it can be done.

Capital Report: 04-14-2017

Apr 14, 2017

A controversial pension reform bill that just passed the House is now in the Florida Senate’s hands. Sascha Cordner reports.

Florida receives a $1.5 billion windfall from the federal government.  Lynn Hatter and Tom Flanigan discuss where the money is supposed to go.

Capital Report reporters Sarah Mueller, Nick Evans and Jim Ash review some of the week’s top legislative stories and how the need to come to an agreement on the state budget over the next few weeks is becoming ever more critical.

Capital Report: 04-13-2017

Apr 13, 2017

Florida is getting a big budget break in the form of one-and-a-half billion dollars in supplemental healthcare payments from the federal government. And as Lynn Hatter reports, hospitals are breathing a sigh of relief.

The Florida House has approved a plan to give bonuses to teachers and principals.  Nick Evans reports critics take issue with handing out money based on test scores that are sometimes decades old.

Capital Report: 04-12-2017

Apr 12, 2017

After spending most of his political capital on a fight to save corporate tax incentives, Governor Rick Scott decided to weigh in this week on another business priority – rising workers’ compensation rates. Jim Ash has more.

Senate Democrats are huddling to discuss proposed changes to nursing home funding.  Nick Evans reports the chamber’s spending plan alters the way Medicaid dollars flow to facilities.

Capital Report: 04-11-2017

Apr 11, 2017

A bill building on Florida’s anti-human trafficking efforts is now heading to both the House and Senate floors. Sascha Cordner reports.

A measure that would allow small scale bakers and bee keepers to expand their businesses is moving through the Florida legislature. Regan McCarthy has more....

Capital Report: 04-10-2017

Apr 10, 2017

The Florida House has unveiled plans to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program. The proposal includes new co-pays and work requirements. But as Lynn Hatter reports longtime observers say the program is stingy as-is, and they’re questioning whether the House plan is even feasible.

The Florida House wants to eliminate Enterprise Florida, an agency responsible for recruiting businesses to the state.  But Nick Evans reports some worry the House’s crusade against one agency could hamper broader economic efforts.

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.

Capital Report: 03-24-2017

Mar 24, 2017

The rate of overdose deaths from opioids went up 75 percent between 2014 and 2015. And it continues to climb. Florida isn’t alone—opioid addition is ravaging parts of the U.S. The situation is critical in South Florida, where WLRN’s Peter Hayden brings us this report. A note to our listeners, some parts of this story may be disturbing.

Capital Report: 03-23-2017

Mar 23, 2017

The abuse of both prescription and illegal Opioids are driving a national spike in overdose deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control, these substances were involved in more than 33-thousand deaths across the country in 2015. Florida has seen a dramatic increase in opioid-driven overdoses, up more than 20 percent.  Now as Lynn Hatter reports, state lawmakers are grappling with how to stop the tragedy.

While the U.S. House of Representatives was voting down the Republican replacement for Obamacare today, the Florida Legislature had health care reform on its mind, too.

Capital Report: 03-22-2017

Mar 22, 2017

Environmental activists flooded the Capitol on Wednesday to support a handful of bills and oppose others. But as Jim Ash reports, one of their biggest goals is a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing.

Florida lawmakers are voting on legislation that would allow more religious expression in public schools. Bill sponsors say not allowing students and school employees to talk about their religions violates the First Amendment. But critics say these bills force Christian believes on others. Sarah Mueller reports.