Capital Report: 03-27-2019

Mar 27, 2019

A bill exempting recordings of mass shootings from the public record cleared the Senate Wednesday [today]. Shawn Mulcahy reports the House version is headed to that chamber’s floor.

The Florida League of mayors brought municipality heads to the Capitol Wednesday to oppose preemption bills this legislative session. Ryan Dailey reports about 30 mayors also met with Attorney General Ashley Moody to discuss Florida’s mental health system.

Over the years DNA testing companies have been becoming more and more popular.  One such firm is FamilyTreeDNA.  It offered its customers a chance to discover their heritage, and possibly find living relatives after taking a DNA test. But then, without client consent, the company shared genetic data with the FBI.  And some other DNA Testing companies have shared unauthorized client info with pharmaceutical companies. Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis thinks that’s wrong.  He thinks DNA should be treated like a medical record. He shared his concerns with Blaise Gainey.

Some college students are pushing Florida lawmakers to allow immigrant students access to state financial aid. Gabrielle Bolden has more.

The Florida legislature is moving forward with a bill that aims to make first responders more efficient. Casey Chapter tells us more.

Tomorrow is this week’s last full day of Capitol activity as lawmakers typically take off Friday afternoon for the weekend.  Let’s check in with Gina Jordan.

Most lawmakers agree something should be done about the Constitution Revision Commission—the group that meets once every 20 years and can send proposed amendments straight to the ballot for voter approval. But Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers aren’t all in agreement when it comes to what should be done.