Capital Report: 04-23-2015

Apr 23, 2015

The train has started rolling in the House with several technical maneuvers creating massive new bills. One of the so-called train bills that emerged Thursday combines a popular plan dubbed, “public school choice” with several other measures aimed at charter schools. Lynn Hatter reports.

Florida lawmakers passed a series of bills affecting law enforcement agencies this week, and at least one is headed to the Governor’s desk for approval. Sascha Cordner reports.

Back in 2013, the State of Florida paid more than one-and-a-half-BILLION dollars for state worker health insurance.  Now, as Lottie Watts with Health News Florida reports, a bill working its way through the Florida House could make big changes to the healthcare plan than covers about three-hundred thousand state employees and their families.

Since the start of session lawmakers have been using the state’s utility regulators, the Public Service Commission as something of a whipping boy. Regan McCarthy reports a measure billed as a PSC crackdown has passed the House and is waiting for approval in the Senate.

Fracking continues to be a hot topic at the Capitol, as we hear from Matthew Seeger.

The Florida House took up a measure Thursday placing new restrictions on transportation network companies.  You know them—businesses like Uber or Lyft.  Nick Evans reports the bill is moving forward to its final hearing in the chamber, but some members have tacked on a provision requiring background screenings.

For a good time, just add water. That’s the appeal of powdered alcohol, and the fear of at least one senator. As Jim Ash reports, lawmakers are divided over banning “Palcohol” just months before it hits the store shelves.