Capital Report: 01-16-2018

Jan 16, 2018

The Florida House is rolling out dozens of recommendations on the state’s hurricane response efforts. Kate Payne reports equipping emergency shelters and preparing healthcare facilities top the list.

In 2017 the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped reunite thousands of pets with their owners. Many of those animals had been lost during disasters such as the wildfires in California as well as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Now Regan McCarthy reports Florida leaders are taking steps to help pets and their owners stay together should another disaster occur.

The State of Florida is forging ahead with a plan to build a water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.  Lynn Hatter talked about it with Audubon of Florida’s Celeste DiPalma about a new report that lays out options for steering more water to the places that need it and less to the places that don’t.

Florida lawmakers are already moving forward with a bill to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. As Sascha Cordner reports, the measure aims to address abuses within the system as outlined in a Miami Herald investigative series.

Republicans Senator Greg Steube of Sarasota and Representative Mike La Rosa of St. Cloud are pushing back against local ordinances that regulate vacation rentals. Shawn Mulcahy (muhl-KAY-hee) reports the battle for home rule is heating up at the capitol.

Florida Public Radio’s Tom Flanigan chats with Florida Republican Strategist Rick Wilson on how he assesses the relationship between Governor Rick Scott and President Donald Trump.