Capital Report: 09-13-2013

Sep 13, 2013

Florida’s Agency for Persons With Disabilities has won a lawsuit challenging its budgeting process. As Lynn Hatter reports, an administrative law judge this week upheld the legality of iBudget, and agency officials say it’s time to move on.

If you can’t afford a lawyer in Florida, as in the rest of the country, you get assigned one – often a public defender.  But when public defenders go up against state attorneys, is it a fair fight?  As Regan McCarthy reports, the amount of money spent by the state on each side of the ledger is anything but equal.

Florida’s regional workforce boards help connect employers with workers. In addition to providing career training, the boards are also charged with helping transition people from getting federal public assistance to becoming self-sufficient. But as Jessica Palombo reports, this year’s state budget cut the welfare transition program.  And that’s making it harder for the boards to serve people with the lowest incomes.

A state lawmaker is hoping to legislatively pursue an effort to automatically register Florida voters when they get a new driver’s license. As Sascha Cordner reports, while some say it could make for a more efficient voter registration process, some wonder if there could be a negative impact as well.

Walk through any mall in Florida, or in the country for that matter, and you’re likely to see t-shirts featuring your favorite Hollywood heroes hanging next to shirts featuring the image of slain teen Trayvon Martin. Ryan Benk reports some are calling the sale of his image profiteering while others say it’s a form of tribute.