Capital Report: 04-08-2019

Apr 8, 2019

A bill requiring minors to receive parental consent before having an abortion cleared its first Senate Committee Monday. Shawn Mulcahy reports the House version has one more stop before the floor.

New Agency for Health Care Administration secretary Mary Mayhew got her second positive vote of confirmation from a Senate committee today. Ryan Dailey reports Mayhew faced another tough line of questioning, but won over a previously 'no' Democratic vote.

Last month Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law that allowed medical marijuana flower to be sold in Florida. Now a sponsor of that bill is trying to cap the potency levels of medical marijuana sold at treatment centers, and also waive license fees for veterans. Opponents say it’s a double-edged sword. Blaise Gainey has the details.

The Sadowski Housing Coalition wants the State of Florida to spend money contained in the affordable housing trust fund on affordable housing.  But, as Gabrielle Bolden reports, while the Senate is going along with that concept, the House has different ideas.

State and national lawmakers may be dragging their feet when it comes to addressing climate change, but that’s not stopping the consequences of it. And that includes immigration. Many Central Americans crossing the U-S Mexican border are Guatemalan climate change refugees. WLRN’s Tim Padgett reports from South Florida.

Under a bill moving through the Florida legislature a list of professionals including interior designers, hair braiders and boxing announcers would be allowed to work without a license. The measure also reorganizes the Florida Building Commission.  But as Regan McCarthy reports opponents say the bill isn’t as simple as it sounds.