Capital Report: 1-14-2020

Jan 14, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis made the economy, environment and education his top-three issues for his second State of the State address to the Florida Legislature.  Tom Flanigan says the Legislature’s Democrats remain unimpressed.

Florida’s average teacher salary is among the lowest in the nation. The Florida Education Association says the state suffers from high turn-over rates and teacher shortages. Capital Reporters Robbie Gaffney and Victoria Dominguez report teachers marched to the state Capitol Monday demanding more funding for education.

Teacher pay and healthcare spending are among the top issues Florida leaders listed as they made their opening statements on the first day on the legislative session. Regan McCarthy has more….

There is one significant piece of legislation involving firearms that’s up for consideration in this year’s session.  We get the details from Steve Bousquet.

One Republican Senator from St. Petersburg wants to change the state’s medical marijuana system and legalize the drug for adults. He hasn’t been shy in the past when it comes to criticizing the current system and now wants to dismantle it. Blaise Gainey talked with Jeff Brandes about exactly what his bill does.

Gina Jordan takes a look ahead to some of tomorrow’s expected highlights at the Florida Capitol.

Florida is among the states looking to force the issue of athlete pay on the NCAA. California passed a law to do so last year. Ryan Dailey reports three House committees held a joint meeting on the subject Monday.