Capital Report: 04-30-2019

Apr 30, 2019

With the passage of this Legislative session’s marquee school choice bill, a new private school voucher program is on the verge of being created. Ryan Dailey reports Senate Bill 7070 is now on the desk of Governor Ron DeSantis, who’s been a vocal supporter of school choice since before taking office.

Weeks of negotiations between a top lawmaker and the Seminole Indian tribe yielded a proposed agreement toward a new gambling compact.  But Gina Jordan reports the tentative deal that was reached last week has little chance of success with three days left in the session.

It’s a known fact that smoking tobacco isn’t good for your heart, lung, and can cause cancer. But the leading groups on those very things are opposed to a bill that would raise the age of sale for tobacco products to 21. WFSU’s Blaise Gainey speaks with American Heart Association’s Government Relations Director Mark Landreth about why they oppose the proposed legislation.

A key elections bill backed by the state’s supervisors heading for final votes. Lynn Hatter reports the measure is meant to address issues stemming from the 2018 election but Democrats say it doesn’t do enough.

A bill moving through the legislature would put local governments on the hook for attorney’s fees if they pass rules expressly preempted by the state. Regan McCarthy has more….

Finally tonight, A Miami city is banning all single-use plastics. It’s one of the most comprehensive legislation of its kind in the state of Florida. The village of Bal Harbour recently passed an ordinance that prohibits places like restaurants and hotels from using, selling or distributing plastics, like straws and shopping bags. The move comes as the state Legislature is considering preemption bills that would prevent local governments from establishing these kinds of bans. WLRN’s Tom Hudson spoke with Bal Harbour city manager Jorge (GEORGE) Gonzalez and councilman Buzzy Sklar (like STAR), who was behind the legislation.