Capital Report: 06-07-2019

Jun 7, 2019

The U.S. Agriculture Department secretary was at a roundtable in Tallahassee today [Friday]. Shawn Mulcahy reports 8 months after Hurricane Michael, recovery still dominated the discussion.

There’s an increasing trend of hurricanes stalling as they near the coast. Regan McCarthy reports that means more storms could bring more rain.

Breaking precedent Florida Governor Ron Desantis is hiring a Chief Resiliency Officer to combat the effects of Climate Change. Kevin Del Orbe [del-Or-bay] reports on what this new position could mean for climate change policy in Florida.

The Florida Supreme Court issued a surprise ruling in late May regarding expert witness testimony.   Six years ago, the Florida Legislature adopted the Daubert (DAW-burt) Standard for expert witnesses in court cases. But the state’s high court exercised its right to keep the Frye Standard in place, which sets a lower threshold for what can be considered expert testimony. The makeup of the Florida Supreme Court changed last January when three retiring justices were replaced. And the newly revamped court quickly decided to implement the tougher standards. Gina Jordan talked with Holland & Knight attorney Bill Shepherd. He previously served as the Statewide Prosecutor -- and pushed to get the Daubert Standard passed in Florida.

That was Gina Jordan talking with Holland & Knight attorney Bill Shepherd.

Health insurance companies around the country have been introducing policies that are stopping patients from being able to afford their medications. 
Health News Florida's Julio Ochoa introduces you to one woman whose life depends on high cost prescriptions.

In May, Florida A&M University was placed on a five-year probation by the NCAA for improperly certifying 93 athletes throughout 12 of their sports. The actions took place between 2010 and 2017. Blaise Gainey has details on what the University has been doing since to make sure it doesn’t happen again.