Capital Report: 03-01-2019

Mar 4, 2019

As health care continues to take up a larger and larger slice of the state’s budget, House Speaker Jose Oliva has set his eyes on market reform. Shawn Mulcahy has more on the battle over health care privatization, affordability and access.

Heading into the legislative session, state lawmakers on either side of the aisle aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on education. Ryan Dailey reports school choice and school safety remain polarizing issues.

The Republican–controlled Legislature will be tasked with an unexpected job: deciding whether to allocate funds for environmental causes championed by the governor. The environment wasn’t a priority under former Governor Rick Scott.  Florida’s new governor Ron DeSantis is taking a different approach - and raising eyebrows - as he seeks massive dollars to clean up the state’s water ways.  Gina Jordan reports the Legislature may not be quick to go along with his funding request.

With government at all levels seemingly not up to the task of fully restoring the North Florida communities devastated by Hurricane Michael this past October, a group called “Rebuild 850” is trying to address as many needs as it can.  Tom Flanigan spoke with some of the organization’s leaders.

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano is paving the way for a new transportation plan as the legislative session kicks into gear. But as Regan McCarthy reports a bumpy road could lie ahead.

Florida’s insurance industry has tried for years to reign in a practice known as assignment of benefits—where a property owner signs over payment of a claim directly to a contractor or service provider. Lynn Hatter reports the fight is back. This time, spearheaded by state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.