Capital Report: 06-28-2019

Jun 28, 2019

Florida will soon strike up a so-called John’s Registry for people convicted of soliciting prostitution. It’s part of an effort to combat human and sex trafficking. The database has been endorsed by law enforcement who see it as a way to shame people who pay for sex, but Lynn Hatter reports, some victim advocates worry it could sweep up people who’ve been trafficked themselves.

This week’s Democratic debates happened in Florida.  But the lone Floridian in the race didn’t appear either night.  But he is making an appearance on Capital Report, thanks to Caitie Switalkski from Miami’s WLRN.

Saturday, a bill implementing an amendment that restores voting rights to Florida felons becomes law; unless Governor Ron DeSantis vetoes it. When voters passed the amendment it was expected that nearly 1 and a half million felons would be allowed to vote. But the Republican-dominated legislature passed an implementation bill that many say changes the intent.  Blaise Gainey has more.

Florida lawmakers this year passed a criminal justice reform package. But advocates and researchers doubt it’ll have a real impact on the state’s justice system. Shawn Mulcahy reports the measure was sent to Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday.

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill lawmakers hope will keep the power on even in the face of major storms and hurricanes by helping investor owned utilities bury more power lines, but as Regan McCarthy reports the move comes at a cost.

Florida’s statewide push for workforce education and training is growing, and this week the Governor signed a bill expanding apprenticeships. Ryan Dailey reports in the Capital City, similar efforts are happening at the local level.

Florida Taxwatch is launching a statewide push to encourage more resident participation in the 2020 U.S. Census.  Tom Flanigan sat down with the organization’s CEO.