Capital Report: 03-21-2014

Mar 21, 2014

A planned expansion of the state’s school voucher program has gone spinning off the tracks to the great disappointment of the program’s backers, which included the legislative leadership . Lynn Hatter reports what was once billed as a top priority of those leaders now appears to be going nowhere.

Committees in the Florida House Senate both passed bills this week giving children of undocumented immigrants in-state college tuition. As Jessica Palombo reports, it’s been a decade since Democrats started pushing the measure, which the House approved on a two-thirds vote. 

The House Judiciary Committee passed a handful of measures Thursday aimed at helping kids, all of which are now headed to the floor. As Sascha Cordner reports, they range from a bill hoping to address juvenile life sentencing to a bill toughening the penalties against teachers who step over the line with their students.

A panel of senators swept a spring cleaning proposal through its first committee Thursday, but Regan McCarthy reports while the measure passed unanimously, both environmentalists and homebuilders say they have concerns with the plan.

Finally tonight, it’s a busy time for traffic in Tallahassee.  Spring brings college students out of their dorm rooms and also draws lawmakers to downtown streets for legislative business.  With those streets more crowded, the Florida Department of Transportation today (Friday) tried to educate the walking, driving and especially BIKING public how to interact more safely.  Florida Public Radio’s Stan Jastrzebski went along for the ride.