Capital Report: 04-22-2015

Apr 22, 2015

The House GOP met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss their strategy regarding a possible expansion of Medicaid.  Nick Evans reports the move has raised the ire of the Democrats and open government advocates, but it seems there’s very little that can be done.

Could Florida could soon be looking a lot like the federal government did in 2013—when it shut down due to budget conflicts. That’s a scenario state lawmakers are looking to avoid, but as Lynn Hatter reports—the state may not have a budget in place before the start of the July 1ST fiscal year.

Bills aimed at helping Florida’s youth have passed the state Senate Wednesday. Sascha Cordner reports.

It can start as a lark, a split second of poor judgment and misplaced trust. And it can end in a cyber-nightmare that ruins careers or worse. As Jim Ash reports, the Senate gave tentative approval Wednesday to a bill outlawing revenge-porn.

Local government pensions remain a ticking time bomb in Florida, warn lawmakers who cite persistent underfunding and overpromising.  Now, as Keta Browning reports, a bill to redress the issue is moving ahead in the Legislature.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say a plan that would open a bear hunting season for the first time in about 20 years could help combat the rise in human, bear interactions. But Regan McCarthy reports they’re not counting on just that.