Capital Report: 03-18-2019

Mar 18, 2019

Stories of high-priced prescription drugs and mothers having to choose whether to buy medicine or food are staples of the prescription drug price debate. Governor Ron DeSantis is responding to those issues by proposing the state import medications from other countries. But as Blaise Gainey others aren’t on the same page.

The Florida House is tackling healthcare reform. Efforts in the past have yielded incremental results, but Lynn Hatter reports that’s not stopping House Speaker Jose Oliva, even as it sets up a potential clash with the Senate.

A bill to provide no-interest loans to farmers whose crops are impacted by natural disasters has cleared its first Senate committee. Backed by Republican Senator Ben Albritton, the measure is intended to help farmers whose livelihoods have been threatened by Hurricane Michael. Ahead of its first committee stop, Ryan Dailey spoke with the Florida Farm Bureau’s head of legislative affairs Adam Basford, and a Holmes County farmer whose crop was decimated by the hurricane.

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano is the driving force behind a new transportation plan coming up for another committee discussion in the Senate Tuesday. But as Regan McCarthy reports the measure could face a bumpy road in the House.

Fifty people have been indicted following a college admissions scandal, involving universities across the country. As WGCU’s Rachel Iacovone reports, in Southwest Florida, professionals from both sides of the admissions process are speaking out.