Capital Report: 04-25-2019

Apr 25, 2019

The Florida Senate has passed its marquee school choice bill, SB 7070. Ryan Dailey reports the controversial measure that creates a new voucher program narrowly got by on a party-line vote.

A number of lawmakers support at least one provision of the controversial Senate Bill 7070, which passed the Florida Senate today (Thursday) without many Democratic votes. The measure made it to the House and Senate floors on the strength of their Republican majorities. But as Margie Menzel reports, the bipartisan sweetener was a provision supporting Florida's community partnership schools, which have impressed both sides of the aisle.  

Complaints about incarcerated women being denied basic hygiene products like pads and tampons has caught the attention of state lawmakers. Now Florida is poised to approve a bill making those products and others available to women at no cost.

A draft version of a gambling compact between the state and the Seminole Indian Tribe is being scrutinized by the governor and his staff.

The News Service of Florida reports a deal was reached after weeks of negotiations, and legislative leaders are also taking a look at the agreement.

But as Gina Jordan reports, there may not be enough time left in the regular session for the legislature to act on it.

A ban in Florida on the words "climate change" appears to be ending.  WMFE’s  environmental reporter Amy Green explains the DeSantis administration is showing new leadership where state government has been absent in the past.

Lawmakers want to put the brakes on street racing. It’s a growing problem in Florida but officers say they don’t have the tools needed to stop and arrest the perpetrators. Now Regan McCarthy reports a bill to crack down on the issue is a vote away from the governor’s desk.