Capital Report: 05-31-2019

May 31, 2019

The number of Florida School Districts that want teachers to carry guns is growing. Nearly half the districts in the state have signed up for the so-called “Guardian” Program and more have signaled they intend to do so. Lynn Hatter has more.

This legislative session, Florida Lawmakers approved an overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system for the first time in years. If signed into law it would make major changes, including raising the felony theft threshold for the first time in over three decades. Shawn Mulcahy spoke about the bill with the Senate’s sponsor: St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes.

Members of the U.S. House are continuing to block a 19-billion-dollar package that would send long-awaited disaster relief to Florida’s storm ravaged Panhandle. Regan McCarthy has more….

Florida’s Director of Cannabis thinks 2020 could be the state’s first “great grow year” for hemp. A bill launching a state hemp program is waiting for ink from the governor’s pen. Ryan Dailey reports experts in the state and elsewhere have been weighing in on an industry that will be a new frontier in the Sunshine State.

The case of a special needs student who was abused by an Okaloosa County public school teacher could cost the county’s school superintendent her job as well.  But Blaise Gainey tells Tom Flanigan that process will be long and involved, regardless of outcome.

Tom Flanigan remembers Florida legal legend Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, who died May 20 at the age of 85.