Capital Report: 05-10-2019

May 13, 2019

A Housing crisis has emerged in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Now state and federal money is on the way to address it. Lynn Hatter reports on what’s coming, and when people will begin to see an impact.

And breaking late this (Friday) afternoon, Governor DeSantis announced that the Florida Division of Emergency Management is donating 50 FEMA travel trailers to Bay County. By securing these trailers from FEMA and working with Bay County, the department is helping to provide some much-needed housing for those in the county who are still living in substandard conditions more than half-a-year after Hurricane Michael.

Many Hurricane Michael victims are still feeling the effects of the storm.  Morgan Martin reports in the months after the Category 5 hurricane slammed the coast, officials have seen an increase in the need for mental health support.

The First Amendment Foundation in Tallahassee keeps watch over policy discussions that could impede the public’s right to know about government business.

Gina Jordan spoke with foundation president Barbara Petersen about bills that got her attention this session.

Thirty-eight attorneys general signed a letter this [last] week urging Congress to bring marijuana money into the federal banking system. Shawn Mulcahy reports Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s signature was notably absent.

There are no lack of candidates for president in 2020 on the Democratic side.  Some of the names, such as Biden, Sanders and Warren, are at least somewhat well known.  Some others, like Harris, Klobuchar and Buttigieg, a bit less so.  There is even a Floridian vying for the party’s nomination.  And even in his home state, his name is anything but a household word.  So we sent one of our Capital reporters to make his acquaintance.

Next time you get gas you might notice a new sticker on the pump featuring state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s face with bright yellow, green and blue blocks. Fried’s staff says the new sticker is intended to attract attention and raise awareness about fraud. But as Regan McCarthy reports the new design doesn’t seem to be popular with the legislature.