Capital Report

Fridays, 6:30 pm ET & 9:00 pm ET

WFSU/Florida Public Radio reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers between legislative sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business or the arts, Capital Report gives information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians.

Capital Report is broadcast each Friday at 6:30 pm and 9:00pm ET on 88.9FM - WFSU Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1FM -WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

During Florida Legislative Session: Weekdays 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm ET - 88.9FM WFSU Tallahassee & Weekdays 5:30 pm CT - 89.1FM WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

Capital Report: 06-08-2018

Jun 8, 2018

The commission charged with improving school safety is looking into the effectiveness of school resource officers—a school’s main line of defense that critics say failed students at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School amid a Valentine’s Day shooting. Seventeen students died, more than a dozen others were injured. Lynn Hatter has more.

Capital Report: 06-01-2018

Jun 4, 2018

Florida’s 2018 hurricane season is underway and so is the disaster preparedness tax free holiday. Regan McCarthy has more....

Capital Report: 05-25-2018

May 25, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott is touting a 47-year low in the state’s crime rate after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its annual statistics. Ryan Dailey reports the Governor said he is ‘disappointed’ in the legislature over cuts to the Department of Corrections.

A special session to address education funding this year doesn’t appear likely. Regan McCarthy reports Florida Democrats gained enough support to cause the Florida Secretary of state to poll members of the legislature on their interest in a session, but that effort fell short.

Capital Report: 05-18-2018

May 21, 2018

As races for statewide office heat up, two candidates have found common ground on criminal justice reform. Ryan Dailey reports Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Chris King was joined by fellow Dem and attorney general candidate Sean Shaw in kicking off a tour to roll out King’s platform.

Capital Report: 05-11-2018

May 14, 2018

Two months after it passed the state legislature, Florida’s latest gun reform law is still under scrutiny from gun control and pro-gun advocates alike. Sascha Cordner has the latest:

During this National Teacher Appreciation week, Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the wide-open primary tried to score points with educators. Meanwhile, Ryan Dailey reports the GOP race settled into two candidates who are just beginning to hone their criticisms of each other.

Capital Report: 05-04-2018

May 4, 2018

Since February’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting, Florida’s school districts have been grappling with how to keep campuses safe without creating too much stress or disruption for students.  From member station WLRN in Miami, Jessica Bakeman reports that hospitals are now trying to strike that balance, too.  Hospitals in Broward County had to make some tough calls during the Parkland tragedy and the effects were felt well beyond the immediate community.

Capital Report: 04-27-2018

Apr 27, 2018

Florida voters will pick a slate of new state leaders, local legislative representatives, city and county officials, local referendums and toward the end, if they make it-- a dozen or so requests to change the state constitution. Yet some of those requests are likely to give voters pause upon a close read: do they want to ban indoor vaping while simultaneously banning offshore drilling? Lynn Hatter reports on why some of the amendments are bundled together with others.

Capital Report: 04-20-2018

Apr 20, 2018

The need for gun reform is top of mind for the four Democratic candidates running for Governor. Sascha Cordner followed some of the discussion during their first televised debate.

On the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, students in Florida’s capital joined their counterparts across the nation in a school walkout calling for gun reform. Ryan Dailey reports students also congregated in the Capitol courtyard joined by Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum after the school day.

Capital Report: 04-13-2018

Apr 16, 2018

While state lawmakers made changes this legislative session to improve gun safety following the school shooting in Parkland, local governments are more limited in the steps they can take. Regan McCarthy reports a number of cities and counties are pushing for more legal leeway to increase firearm safety.

Capital Report: 04-06-2018

Apr 6, 2018

Days after Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal of District Judge Mark Walker’s ruling the Clemency Board must overhaul Florida’s voting rights restoration process for felons, Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott are unflinching in defense of their position. Ryan Dailey has more.    

Capital Report: 03-30-2018

Mar 30, 2018

After the February mass shooting that left 17 people dead in Parkland, are the voices of black students being heard fully in the gun violence debate?  Sascha Cordner digs into a complex issue to bring us more on that story.

The Presidents of Florida’s 28 state colleges have unified in support of a Constitution Revision Commission proposal that recognizes the college system in the constitution. Ryan Dailey reports college system stakeholders feel the move is long overdue.

Capital Report: 03-23-2018

Mar 23, 2018

Once again, the latest effort to reform Florida’s gun laws failed. It was in response to last month’s deadly mass school shooting in South Florida. As Sascha Cordner reports, as some clamored for an assault weapons ban and more background checks, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission refused to take up any measures that would do that.

Four key Constitution Revision Commission proposals that could impact K-12 education are a step closer to being in front of voters in November. Ryan Dailey has the latest.

Capital Report: 03-16-2018

Mar 19, 2018

Within one week, Governor Rick Scott not only signed a gun safety bill into law, he also approved the budget, which includes millions of dollars for school safety purposes. Still, that didn’t prevent the National Rifle Association from filing a federal lawsuit against a provision in the new safety law. And, on the one month mark of the Parkland mass school shooting, thousands of kids across the nation walked out of their schools.

Capital Report: 03-09-2018

Mar 9, 2018

After passing the Florida legislature this week, Governor Rick Scott decided to sign the gun safety legislation into law. As Sascha Cordner reports, earlier in the week, he told reporters he’d wait before signing it, until he talked to the families who were impacted by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school.

Tom Flanigan wanders the Florida Capitol’s fourth floor to gauge the mood of this final scheduled day of Session.  He talks about it with the head of the state’s largest police union and a former veteran lawmaker.

Capital Report: 03-08-2018

Mar 8, 2018

Not all bills will make it through the annual legislative session, but this year, the impending failure of several high-profile measures is raising eyebrows both among lawmakers themselves, and others. Lynn Hatter reports.

Florida lawmakers are heading to conference in a last ditch effort to hammer out the differences in their gambling overhaul bills. Regan McCarthy has more....

Capital Report: 03-07-2018

Mar 7, 2018

The Florida legislative session is heading into overtime after a disagreement over how to fund hospitals stalled negotiations. But Lynn Hatter reports the two chambers reached an agreement Wednesday how to reimburse the facilities for treating low income and uninsured patients.

A measure to address Florida’s growing opioid crisis is nearing completion with just days left in the legislative session. Regan McCarthy has more....

Capital Report: 03-06-2018

Mar 6, 2018

The Florida House has now started discussions on gun safety legislation, in response to last month’s mass shooting at a South Florida high school. They agreed Tuesday to take up the Senate version of the bill that narrowly passed Monday. As Sascha Cordner reports, while language was stripped from that bill to exclude most classroom teachers, opponents argue the “compromise” could still arm school staff, like coaches.

Capital Report: 03-05-2018

Mar 5, 2018

The entire Florida Senate held a rare weekend meeting to hash out various responses to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.  To say that what came out of that meeting was definite would be a vast overstatement.  Indeed, senators were back at work today trying to lock down various details of their school safety proposal.  Even as this edition of Capital Report was being readied for air, the situation was extremely fluid.  And that’s pretty much the way the situation has been all along.  We flash back to last week when survivors of the school shooting and their families came to

Capital Report: 03-02-2018

Mar 2, 2018

Florida lawmakers are walking back some of the proposed cuts in their tax package. Regan McCarthy reports the move comes as lawmakers work to find more money in their budget for school safety initiatives.

While a lot of eyes are on lawmakers in Tallahassee to see how they handle the issue of gun reform, Florida’s U-S senators are also talking about what they’d like to see their congressional colleagues do, as we hear from Sascha Cordner.

Capital Report: 03-01-2018

Mar 1, 2018

With about a week left of the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers are facing increased pressure to pass gun safety legislation—in response to last month’s mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the process is pitting people within the same parties against one another.

Capital Report: 02-28-2018

Feb 28, 2018

A week after one chamber of the Florida legislature accused the other of stonewalling, both sides are coming together to do the one thing that must be done each year—pass a budget. Lynn Hatter reports lawmakers are starting to lay the groundwork for bringing the legislative session in for a landing on time.

Capital Report: 02-27-2018

Feb 27, 2018

A number of public safety proposals have passed their first House committee. Like the Senate version bill, it does not include an assault weapons ban. Still, as Sascha Cordner reports, more people are starting to agree that while this isn’t the best bill, it’s not totally bad either.

A measure that would expand Florida’s rules on issuing threats is moving forward. Regan McCarthy reports officials are pointing to the many copycat threats made following the school shooting in Parkland as a reason for why the change is needed. 

Capital Report: 02-26-2018

Feb 26, 2018

The Aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting has flipped Florida’s Legislature, changing its focus to debates on firearms and school safety. Supporters of gun reform rallied outside the Capitol Monday with one clear message: action. Andrew Quintana reports.

Several gun safety proposals passed their first Florida Senate committee. As Sascha Cordner reports, while top GOP lawmakers are calling the effort bipartisan, some of the Democrats who are pushing for more gun reforms don’t quite see things that way.

Capital Report: 02-22-2018

Feb 22, 2018

Following last week’s school massacre in Parkland, many are calling for increased gun regulation. But some are also citing mental health issues in America that need to be addressed. Shawn Mulcahy reports.

A tax cut package moving through the House is facing pushback from animal rights activists, educators and working people. But Regan McCarthy reports it does include more tax free holidays and a break for nursing homes adding generators.