Capital Report: 04-01-2019

Apr 1, 2019

For Bay County in Northwest Florida, the week got off to not-such-a-great start over the weekend.  As Lynn Hatter reports, a wildfire, accelerated by thousands of tons of trees downed by Hurricane Michael back in October, scorched more than six-hundred acres. And far worse may be on the way.

Governor Ron DeSantis is tapping a doctor from the University of Florida to lead the state Department of Health. Shawn Mulcahy reports DeSantis is looking to continue the fight against opioid addiction.

In 2017 the legislature decided to give greater incentives to charter schools to provide options for students in low-performing traditional schools. Today an attempt to expand where those “Schools of Hope” could open up was approved in the House. Blaise Gainey reports.

A year out from the 2020 U.S. Census, some Florida Democratic lawmakers are hoping to see changes to the form. Ryan Dailey reports those lawmakers are also calling for a question concerning citizenship be scrubbed from the census form.

Florida lawmakers want to educate students about human trafficking and child abuse. Casey Chapter tells us more.

Five years ago, a new coral disease was found right off of downtown Miami. It has now spread through the Florida reef tract, from Martin County down past Key West. WLRN's Nancy Klingener reports, scientists are taking unprecedented measures to make sure some coral survives, at least in captivity.

With the lawmaking session heading into its second half, the urgency is building for lawmakers to start locking in their respective versions of the budget and address other outstanding issues as we hear from Gina Jordan.

Hurricane Michael played havoc with the number of students attending many of the institutions of higher learning located within the storm’s sprawling footprint.  Now, as Gabrielle Bolden tells us, state lawmakers might be able to boost enrollment by offering discounted tuition to out-of-state students.