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Capital Report: 04-21-2017

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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.

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