Capital Report: 08-02-2019

Aug 2, 2019

Florida’s state-run crime labs don’t have the ability to determine whether a product is weed, CBD or hemp. And the issue is stopping law enforcement in its tracks. Lynn Hatter reports officials say the state’s new hemp law is creating a patchwork of enforcement efforts and will likely need the legislature to step in.

The First District Court of Appeal has reversed a ruling that declared a 2015 law requiring a one-day wait before an abortion unconstitutional. Blaise Gainey reports the American Civil Liberties Union is preparing for court once again.

A proposed citizens ballot initiative to let all voters, regardless of party affiliation, vote in primary elections could be headed to the 2020 ballot. Ryan Dailey spoke with one of its sponsors, who believes the move would change the way Florida politicians campaign.

A national campaign successfully placed Marsy’s Law on the books in Florida last year.  The amendment put a crime victim bill of rights in the state constitution.  When the measure took effect in January, supporters argued it was self-implementing.  But eight months later, there’s still no consensus on the amendment’s vague language. Shawn Mulcahy reports it even pits parts of the state constitution against each other.