Capital Report: 04-02-2019

Apr 2, 2019

The Senate Education Committee advanced a has advanced a bill to explore what it calls “intellectual freedom” on college campuses, drawing the most debate of any item at its meeting. Ryan Dailey reports other measures had an easier time being pushed through the committee Tuesday.

It seems education wasn’t the only priority on the minds of Florida’s state senators today.

After initially being stalled, the Senate has started moving a House healthcare priority bill. The measure eliminates a requirement that hospitals show there’s a need in a community before being built. But as Lynn Hatter reports, it preserves the requirement for other types of healthcare facilities.

Florida lawmakers want to make sure the power stays on even in the face of major storms and hurricanes. A bill moving in the legislature would help utilities burry more power lines underground, but as Regan McCarthy reports Floridians will have to pay.

While low-THC cannabis or hemp is available in stores, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says it’s not legal …. Yet. Legislation proposed in both Chambers would change that. Tuesday the House bill passed its second committee. Blaise Gainey has the details.

State lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban so-called sanctuary cities in Florida. The measure would require local governments to comply with ICE detention requests and to repeal sanctuary policies. The measure would require local governments to comply with ICE detention requests and to repeal sanctuary policies. Meanwhile, another immigration-related bill ISN’T gaining much traction. That bill would require businesses to check the immigration status of new hires via a tool called “e-Verify.” That tool would use an electronic federal database. On the last Florida Roundup, host Melissa Ross spoke about these bill with reporters Ana Ceballos (seh-BAH-yos) and Samantha Gross. We hear first from Ceballos talking about the sanctuary city bill.

That was an excerpt from last Friday’s (March 29, 2019) episode of The Florida Roundup. You heard from reporter Ana Ceballos with News Service of Florida and state government reporter Samantha Gross with The Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times bureau in Tallahassee.

Money matters will dominate a good deal of the discussion at the Florida Capitol tomorrow as we hear from Gina Jordan.

It’s Child Abuse Prevention Week and Tom Flanigan reports Governor Ron DeSantis is recognizing the observance with a number of initiatives.