Capital Report: 04-16-2019

Apr 16, 2019

Two large criminal justice reform bills are moving through the Florida Legislature. Ryan Dailey reports backers of the similar bills in both chambers are going through negotiations down the stretch to position a final measure for passage.

Women should have better access to long-acting contraceptive—that’s according to Boynton Beach Democratic Senator Lori Berman who is sponsoring a bill moving through the Florida legislature. Regan McCarthy has more.

According to a study by the Institute of Medicine published in 2015, paid for by the United States Food and Drug Administration, raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 would reduce the number of lung cancer related deaths by 50,000.  As Blaise Gainey reports, the Florida legislature is now trying to raise the minimum age with hopes of seeing those results.

Some pro-business advocates worry that Florida’s local governments could follow the example of similar jurisdictions in other states and sue power companies and large consumers of electricity over their impact on carbon emissions and climate change. Tom Flanigan has that.

Florida’s Capitol was the site of STEM Day today.  Morgan Martin reports the event was meant to  interest more young people in science, technology, engineering and math careers.

Gina Jordan tells us the pace of activity is starting to ramp up at the Capitol.

The News Service of Florida is reporting that Governor Ron DeSantis says he'll "'rais[e] Cain' if national drilling plans advance that include Florida waters, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico." The story broke just as a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian came to Tallahassee to discuss his book on the world's tenth-largest body of water. Margie Menzel reports.