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Capital Report: 03-23-2017

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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. 

Capital Report: 03-21-2017

Mar 21, 2017

The Florida House is promising some big cuts to higher education funding.  And it has a few more changes in mind for the state’s colleges and universities.  Lynn Hatter reports those revelations came this week in response to one of Senate President Joe Negron’s top priorities.

The Florida House is considering legislation that would strip hundreds of thousands of Florida children from the public assistance rolls.  But critics say lawmakers focused on punishing the poor when they should be trying to create high-wage jobs.  More from Sarah Mueller.

Capital Report: 03-20-2017

Mar 20, 2017

Supporters of a 2.4 billion-dollar reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee are enlisting CEO’s from the outdoor recreational industry, and tourism officials, to win over fiscal conservatives. But as Jim Ash reports, only time will tell if Senate President Joe Negron’s plan will fly.

This week lawmakers begin untangling their ideas for medical cannabis.  Nick Evans reports state senators have proposed five different measures.

Capital Report: 03-17-2017

Mar 17, 2017

Governor Rick Scott is pushing back against a House plan that would drastically cut one of his signature agencies: Visit Florida. And industry officials say cutting that agency is a bad move for an industry that makes up about a third of the state’s economy. Lynn Hatter spoke with the U.S. Travel Association’s Michael Jacobsen about the latest in the fight between Scott and the House over the future of Visit Florida.

Capital Report correspondents Sarah Mueller, Nick Evans and Jim Ash talk about some of the week’s major stories from Tallahassee.

Capital Report: 03-16-2017

Mar 16, 2017

House budget subcommittees are unveiling their ideas for spending cuts.  Nick Evans reports House leaders ordered each panel develop a list of potential reductions in light of a grim budget outlook.

After the overhead costs to run a state sanctioned employee charity rose to take up nearly half the contributions made, Florida workers and lawmakers became frustrated—even outraged. Regan McCarthy reports officials are now considering a plan to shut the fund down.

Capital Report: 03-15-2017

Mar 15, 2017

A Stand Your Ground-related bill passed the Florida Senate Wednesday, but not without some opposition. Sascha Cordner reports.

Florida House members debated whether legislation stiffening penalties for certain offenses committed by illegal immigrants was constitutional. Critics say it's unconstitutional. But as Sarah Mueller reports… lawmakers are moving it forward

Capital Report: 03-14-2017

Mar 14, 2017

In 2011… the Florida legislature passed a measure to convert Medicaid insurance into a managed care system. But Republican lawmakers now want to take the program away from what they call “big businesses” and change it into a block grant system. But as Sarah Mueller reports… Medicaid providers say if that happens, low income families will lose access to health care.

Capital Report: 03-13-2017

Mar 13, 2017

The Florida House seems intent on bringing the state supreme court down a few pegs after a series of stinging courtroom defeats.  Nick Evans reports the saber-rattling intensified last week as lawmakers approved new reporting requirements. 

A panel of Florida lawmakers is advancing a plan that would require certain food stamp recipients to get tested for drugs. Regan McCarthy reports the move comes years after a federal court struck down a similar law for violating peoples’ right to unreasonable searches.

Capital Report: 03-10-2017

Mar 10, 2017

House Speaker Richard Corcoran got his bills, and he got enough Democrats to build a veto-proof majority.  Nick Evans reports the lower chamber has approved legislation to scale back Visit Florida and eliminate Enterprise Florida.