Capital Report: 08-16-2019

Aug 16, 2019

Earlier in the month the state’s financial impact estimating group struggled to define certain portions of a constitutional amendment petition that would ban assault weapons. Friday the group met again, this time they invited the petition sponsor Ban Assault Weapons Now and others to help clarify portions of the amendment. Blaise Gainey has the details.

Pensacola Republican Representative Mike Hill wants to repeal gun safety legislation passed by lawmakers after the deadly school shooting last year in Parkland Florida. He says the measures, including a state ban on bump stocks, and a provision raising the age to purchase a rifle violate the second amendment. He also says firearms aren’t the cause of mass shootings. Regan McCarthy has more…..

The U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Northern District says he’s willing to review and prosecute marijuana cases that the state attorney will not. Ryan Dailey reports the move comes after State Attorney Jack Campbell said last month he's pressing pause on prosecuting marijuana cases in light of a new hemp law.

After a TSA agent named Robert Henry jumped to his death inside the Orlando International Airport in February, agents came forward to say Henry was bullied at work and that TSA has a toxic work environment. Our Sister station WMFE found dozens of TSA workers across the country with similar stories of workplace harassment and retaliation. Health News Florida’s Abe Aboraya reports on two TSA workers who have been hospitalized for suicide attempts and thoughts.

For more than 18 months, the US and China have been engaged in a trade war that has kept the global economy on edge. This week, stock markets have been volatile, and while economists try to predict the long term effects of the economic standoff between the two countries, WGCU's Andrea [on-DRE-yuh] Perdomo tells us the impacts are already being felt by a local nonprofit.

A laboratory in Apollo Beach is the home of an attempt to preserve Florida's coral reefs, which are dying at an alarming rate. WUSF's Steve Newborn takes us inside the lab to see how scientists are getting coral to reproduce.