Capital Report: 05-24-2019

May 24, 2019

After Hurricane Michael slammed Florida’s Panhandle, courthouses were shuttered, law offices were closed and most communications were temporarily shut down. But Regan McCarthy reports the aftermath of a disaster is exactly when many people are most in need of help from the legal system.

Governor Ron DeSantis will likely sign a bill prohibiting anti-Semitic speech in public schools during a week-long trip to Israel that kicks off Saturday. Ryan Dailey reports the measure passed both chambers unanimously, receiving a standing ovation in the House. But one anti-censorship group is asking the governor to use his veto pen.

Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that’s main goal is to stop bad actors in the homeowner’s insurance market. It would do so by changing what a contractor must do when a policy holder signs over their insurance benefits. Blaise Gainey has the details.

The Trump Administration’s trade war threatens a state trade deal with China. It’s been seven years in the making, and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried worries the latest round of tariffs could derail the talks. But that’s just a fraction of a much larger issue. In the second part of our series on Florida’s agriculture industry, Shawn Mulcahy tells us cheaper, foreign imports endanger farmers statewide.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce has released its annual Legislative Report Card.  The chamber says the report card helps hold state leaders accountable for how they vote on issues relating to Florida’s business climate. More than half of the legislature received A’s and B’s. 45 members got F’s – all of them Democrats. How do lawmakers earn those grades? Gina Jordan asked David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.