Capital Report: March 31, 2023
A six-week abortion ban is poised to pass in Florida’s Senate. It comes as a 15-week ban is facing a challenge before the state’s supreme court. Earlier this year, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo told reporters she saw no point in advancing a new abortion bill before the first one cleared its challenge. Yet as Regan McCarthy reports the chamber is just days away from passing one. Why? Bill Sponsor Erin Grall says it’s because they can.
On July 1st every school-aged child in the state will become eligible for an education savings account or private school tuition stipend. Governor Ron DeSantis signed off on a massive expansion of school choice Monday that lifts eligibility caps on the program. Lynn Hatter has that.
Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed legislation that provides a historic amount of funding for affordable housing in Florida. The bipartisan Live Local Act received near unanimous support in the legislature. As Valerie Crowder reports, affordable housing advocates describe it as transformational, though not everyone was happy with all aspects of the bill…
The Florida Legislature has tried for years to make changes to alimony laws. In the last decade, lawmakers have sent legislation to the governor three times – and all three times it was vetoed. Gina Jordan reports they’re trying again, with one notable change.
A measure to exempt infant diapers from Florida’s sales tax has failed to pass in recent years. But, by adding adult incontinence products to the exemption, supporters think the bill has a better chance this year. Tom Flanigan has that.
A pandemic requirement to keep people continuously enrolled on Medicaid expires this weekend. For the first time in three years, states like Florida can start removing participants who don't qualify or who don’t reapply properly. Health News Florida's Stephanie Colombini reports advocates are trying to help people through the process.