Capital Report: 01-31-2018

Jan 31, 2018

President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address is getting approval from Florida Republicans who say he struck the right tone, especially when it comes to immigration and infrastructure. But will that translate into something real for voters. Lynn Hatter spoke with Republican National Committee spokes-woman Taryn Fenske who says, she certainly hopes so.

It seems many Florida Democrats weren’t exactly jumping with joy over President Trump’s State of the Union speech.  Florida Public Radio’s Ronald J. Ebben talked it over with Florida’s Fifth District Democratic Congressman, Al Lawson.

The Florida Senate stalled a plan to ban sanctuary cities this week. But Kate Payne reports the debate around immigration enforcement is alive and well in the statehouse.

Over the last three years, Florida Forever has not been the titan of land preservation it once was. The Conservation Program has seen significant cutbacks in funding, and has lost its effectiveness in continuing to protect the state’s vast landscape. But, a bill in the Florida Senate reestablishes Florida Forever as the model of land preservation it once was. Andrew Quintana reports.

A move to close a loophole allowing children to get married in Florida has passed its final hurdle in the Senate. Meanwhile, Regan McCarthy reports, a house version of the bill is moving forward.

The Florida Senate has given the green light to an effort to put a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in the U-S Capitol. As Sascha Cordner reports, her likeness would replace a statue of a Confederate General.