Capital Report: 03-06-2019

Mar 6, 2019

The omnibus education bill aiming to create another state scholarship program got a green light from the Senate Education Committee. Ryan Dailey reports the measure got by on a party-line vote.

The Florida Supreme Court is weighing whether a 2017 change in the state’s Stand Your Ground law should apply retroactively. Lynn Hatter reports a woman claiming she shot a person at a Miami nightclub in 2015 in self-defense says the change should apply in her case.

Florida Democrats have introduced their own budget and say it primarily aims to help working class citizens. This counters Governor Ron DeSantis’s budget of $91.3 billion. Casey Chapter tells us more.

Facing heavy pressure from Governor Ron DeSantis, lawmakers appear likely to end a ban on smoking medical marijuana in the first two weeks of session. The ban stems from a 2017 medical-marijuana law that was found unconstitutional by a circuit judge. DeSantis has threatened to drop an appeal if the Legislature does not eliminate the ban. However, as Blaise Gainey reports, lawmakers are using the attention to address other medical-marijuana regulatory issues that have led to lawsuits.

Hemp in Florida is one step closer to legality. Shawn Mulcahy reports a measure legalizing hemp production passed its first legislative hurdle Wednesday.

Lawmakers have several important meetings on their collective calendar for tomorrow and Gina Jordan takes a look.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers and organizations want to make distracted driving a primary offense. Gabrielle Bolden reports.