Capital Report: 2-3-2020

Feb 3, 2020

Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program has come under fire after an Orlando Sentinel investigation reported participating private schools have exclusionary policies toward LGBTQ students. Ryan Dailey reports the controversy has intensified the school choice debate, and a rally is planned for the Capitol Tuesday.

Florida lawmakers want child protective investigators to work with animal control officers. Robbie Gaffney reports.

Current Florida law requires kids being charged as adults to be held in regular jail with adults while they wait for their trial. New federal standards that go into effect at the end of next year require minors to be held in juvenile detention centers, with few exceptions. Blaise Gainey reports lawmakers are moving forward with a bill to make sure Florida is in compliance.

Florida lawmakers say life too busy and sometimes, kids need a break. They’re hoping to help quiet the noise by requiring schools to start the day with a moment of silence. Regan McCarthy reports a Senate bill will get its second hearing Tuesday. Meanwhile, a House bill gets its first hearing.

You’ve been hearing a lot about the Iowa Caucuses on NPR today. Last week, we told you about some Iowan snowbirds who, for the first time ever, were going to caucus in Pensacola.  We now check in with Bradley George to find out how Iowans in the Tampa Bay area will also be remotely taking part in the candidate selection process.

For Florida lawmakers, it’s a full calendar of activity tomorrow. Here’s Gina Jordan.…

Longtime Republican Political Strategist Rick Wilson believes there’s no way President Trump can secure a second term, given his many negatives, especially among traditional Republicans.  Wilson also believes that Democrats may not be able to capitalize on the situation.  He shared those assessments with Tom Flanigan.