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Capital Report: 03-09-2018

Mar 9, 2018

After passing the Florida legislature this week, Governor Rick Scott decided to sign the gun safety legislation into law. As Sascha Cordner reports, earlier in the week, he told reporters he’d wait before signing it, until he talked to the families who were impacted by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school.

Tom Flanigan wanders the Florida Capitol’s fourth floor to gauge the mood of this final scheduled day of Session.  He talks about it with the head of the state’s largest police union and a former veteran lawmaker.

Capital Report: 03-08-2018

Mar 8, 2018

Not all bills will make it through the annual legislative session, but this year, the impending failure of several high-profile measures is raising eyebrows both among lawmakers themselves, and others. Lynn Hatter reports.

Florida lawmakers are heading to conference in a last ditch effort to hammer out the differences in their gambling overhaul bills. Regan McCarthy has more....

Capital Report: 03-07-2018

Mar 7, 2018

The Florida legislative session is heading into overtime after a disagreement over how to fund hospitals stalled negotiations. But Lynn Hatter reports the two chambers reached an agreement Wednesday how to reimburse the facilities for treating low income and uninsured patients.

A measure to address Florida’s growing opioid crisis is nearing completion with just days left in the legislative session. Regan McCarthy has more....

Capital Report: 03-06-2018

Mar 6, 2018

The Florida House has now started discussions on gun safety legislation, in response to last month’s mass shooting at a South Florida high school. They agreed Tuesday to take up the Senate version of the bill that narrowly passed Monday. As Sascha Cordner reports, while language was stripped from that bill to exclude most classroom teachers, opponents argue the “compromise” could still arm school staff, like coaches.

Capital Report: 03-05-2018

Mar 5, 2018

The entire Florida Senate held a rare weekend meeting to hash out various responses to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.  To say that what came out of that meeting was definite would be a vast overstatement.  Indeed, senators were back at work today trying to lock down various details of their school safety proposal.  Even as this edition of Capital Report was being readied for air, the situation was extremely fluid.  And that’s pretty much the way the situation has been all along.  We flash back to last week when survivors of the school shooting and their families came to

Capital Report: 03-02-2018

Mar 2, 2018

Florida lawmakers are walking back some of the proposed cuts in their tax package. Regan McCarthy reports the move comes as lawmakers work to find more money in their budget for school safety initiatives.

While a lot of eyes are on lawmakers in Tallahassee to see how they handle the issue of gun reform, Florida’s U-S senators are also talking about what they’d like to see their congressional colleagues do, as we hear from Sascha Cordner.

Capital Report: 03-01-2018

Mar 1, 2018

With about a week left of the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers are facing increased pressure to pass gun safety legislation—in response to last month’s mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the process is pitting people within the same parties against one another.

Capital Report: 02-28-2018

Feb 28, 2018

A week after one chamber of the Florida legislature accused the other of stonewalling, both sides are coming together to do the one thing that must be done each year—pass a budget. Lynn Hatter reports lawmakers are starting to lay the groundwork for bringing the legislative session in for a landing on time.

Capital Report: 02-27-2018

Feb 27, 2018

A number of public safety proposals have passed their first House committee. Like the Senate version bill, it does not include an assault weapons ban. Still, as Sascha Cordner reports, more people are starting to agree that while this isn’t the best bill, it’s not totally bad either.

A measure that would expand Florida’s rules on issuing threats is moving forward. Regan McCarthy reports officials are pointing to the many copycat threats made following the school shooting in Parkland as a reason for why the change is needed. 

Capital Report: 02-26-2018

Feb 26, 2018

The Aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting has flipped Florida’s Legislature, changing its focus to debates on firearms and school safety. Supporters of gun reform rallied outside the Capitol Monday with one clear message: action. Andrew Quintana reports.

Several gun safety proposals passed their first Florida Senate committee. As Sascha Cordner reports, while top GOP lawmakers are calling the effort bipartisan, some of the Democrats who are pushing for more gun reforms don’t quite see things that way.

Capital Report: 02-22-2018

Feb 22, 2018

Following last week’s school massacre in Parkland, many are calling for increased gun regulation. But some are also citing mental health issues in America that need to be addressed. Shawn Mulcahy reports.

A tax cut package moving through the House is facing pushback from animal rights activists, educators and working people. But Regan McCarthy reports it does include more tax free holidays and a break for nursing homes adding generators.

Capital Report: 02-21-2018

Feb 21, 2018

Hundreds of students from around the state rallied at the Florida Capitol Wednesday. As Sascha Cordner reports, they joined students from Parkland to promote their gun control cause and convince lawmakers to look into what they see as better policies.

Capital Report: 02-20-2018

Feb 20, 2018

A group of law enforcement officials from across the state was looking into how to prevent future mass school shootings during an all-day Tallahassee workshop today (Tuesday). Sascha Cordner reports. 

Tom Flanigan reports a second all-day workshop at the Florida Department of Children and Families headquarters today focused almost exclusively on better ways to keep people who have violent-tendency mental health issues from obtaining firearms.

Capital Report: 02-19-2018

Feb 19, 2018

Just days after the massacre that left 17 of their classmates and teachers dead, student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting have become prominent gun control activists. From member station WLRN in Miami, Jessica Bakeman introduces us to the grief-stricken young people who are determined to lead where they say politicians have not.

Capital Report: 02-16-2018

Feb 16, 2018

In the wake of the deaths of 17 people from a shooting at a Broward High School, people are once again focusing on school safety. Administrators and elected officials alike are pushing for more funding to shore up infrastructure, but some are beginning to wonder if that’s enough.

A bill allowing certain Florida officials to make announced and unannounced visits to the state’s juvenile justice facilities is now heading to the House floor. Sascha Cordner reports.

Capital Report: 02-15-2018

Feb 15, 2018

Once again, Florida has been the site for a tragic mass shooting.  Wednesday’s massacre at Broward County’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, resulted in seventeen deaths. This is the eighteenth mass shooting in the United States so far this year and it took place in what the National Council for Home Safety and Security called the “Safest City in Florida” last year.  From member station WGCU, Rachel Iacovone (yah-ku-VOAN-ee) spoke with an alumna of the school just after the news broke.

Capital Report: 02-14-2018

Feb 14, 2018

First up tonight—a debate. One that’s played out over the course of the 2018 legislative session and got some extended time in the spotlight Tuesday—with House Speaker Richard Corcoran debating Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum over immigration. The two have sparred over the issue via social media and as Regan McCarthy reports, both used Tuesday night’s debate to double down on their positions.    

Capital Report: 02-13-2018

Feb 13, 2018

An education bill is sparking debate about how universities receive performance funding. Shawn Mulcahy reports lawmakers are facing an important decision about the future of the program.

Florida students who find themselves with excess credit hours might soon catch a tuition break. Lynn Hatter reports, a move is underway to roll back a policy that could charge them double-tuition.  And the sponsor herself, is a college student.

Capital Report: 02-12-2018

Feb 12, 2018

While the Florida House and Senate have both declared gambling positions that seem at odds with one another, the two sides are continue to work to move closer together. Regan McCarthy has more...

An addiction recovery specialist says he and his colleagues will be denied a powerful opioid addiction-fighting tool if the Florida House’s version of the budget – which does away with fiscal support for the monthly injections – survives.  Tom Flanigan has that.

Capital Report: 02-09-2018

Feb 9, 2018

The Florida House and Senate have both passed their versions of next year’s budget. Both proposals spend about 87-billion dollars. But Regan McCarthy reports the two plans remain for apart when it comes to how much of that money is put toward issues like healthcare and education.

House Bill 7055 has been a lightning rod for controversy. The measure is known for a move to offer bullied students scholarships for private or charter schools. But, tucked away in the bill’s 200 pages, one provision threatens teachers’ unions with decertification. Andrew Quintana reports.

Capital Report: 02-08-2018

Feb 8, 2018

Lynn Hatter talks about today’s Tallahassee hearing by federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management officials (attended by many nervous environmental groups) on the topic of opening up drilling leases in federal waters off the Florida coast.

Florida lawmakers want to cut penalties for people who accidentally show their concealed weapons. The bill is ready for a floor vote in the House. But Kate Payne reports gun control advocates are worried the plan is a step towards open carry. 

Capital Report: 02-07-2018

Feb 7, 2018

Florida lawmakers want to restrict an abortion procedure that’s typically done in the second trimester. Judges in other states have struck down similar laws as unconstitutional. But Kate Payne reports legal concerns are not slowing the bill down. A note to our listeners, this story may be distressing to some.

Lynn Hatter was following the opening arguments today as the Florida Supreme Court considered a challenge to the state’s anti-hazing law.

Capital Report: 02-06-2018

Feb 6, 2018

The Florida legislature is again considering banning fracking—the process of extracting oil and natural gas underground. Lynn Hatter reports lawmakers have tussled over the issue in recent years, but proposal sponsor Dana Young says the process is too dangerous to allow in Florida.

Florida lawmakers want to expand the use of digital voting and tallying machines. Many of the state’s election managers are behind the plan. But Kate Payne reports others don’t want to leave the paper ballot behind.

Capital Report: 02-05-2018

Feb 5, 2018

With an amendment heading for the November ballot that would give future gambling decisions to voters, Florida lawmakers are pushing a raft of measures to overhaul the industry. But Regan McCarthy reports not everyone is on board.

Florida lawmakers want to weigh in on who really has access to Florida’s beaches. Kate Payne reports a bill moving in the House is meant to settle a long-running dispute between private landowners and the public.