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Capital Report
Fridays, 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT & 9:00 pm ET

Capital Report is also available as a podcast.

Reporters from public radio stations across the state bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business, or the arts, Capital Report provides 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 88.9 WFSU-FM Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1 WFSW-FM Panama City, and on participating public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

During Florida Legislative Session: Capital Report is broadcast weekdays at 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm ET on 88.9 WFSU-FM Tallahassee, weekdays on 89.1 WFSW-FM Panama City, and on participating public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

Latest Episodes
  • On tonight’s program: Are Florida’s college and university students receiving a wide diversity of opinions and viewpoints in their classes? State lawmakers want to know; Despite frantic lobbying from affordable housing advocates, the Florida Legislature moves ahead to divert money from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund to fighting sea level rise; Florida’s election districts are up for redrawing in the wake of last year’s U.S. Census. And the spirited debate about how that might happen is well underway; The Florida Retirement System remains in pretty good shape, say state officials, which is precisely the reason it needs to be changed now; Lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan to extend pandemic-era telehealth. But not everything is included; And we sit down with the last Democrat to serve as Florida governor to discuss his thoughts on the present political landscape.
  • On tonight’s program: With some good news from state revenue estimators, the Florida Legislature will start its budget negotiations; This could be the year the Florida Legislature bans seclusion for kids with disabilities. But the victory may be bitter for disability rights advocates, who also want a ban on the use of restraints for those kids; Advocates based in South Florida are blasting a bill now on the move in the state legislature that would protect the practice of sugarcane burning. The opponents charge it causes serious negative health impacts in nearby communities; Lawmakers say while a federal law raised the age to buy tobacco and vape products to 21, state legislation is needed to help enforce those rules; Florida’s senior U.S. Senator shares his thoughts before members of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Including what he thinks of so-called “cancel culture”; And even though Florida is among a dozen states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid, some state lawmakers in both parties are looking to extend the program for new moms without health insurance.
  • On tonight’s program: The death of South Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings means a special election soon. We’ll have a preview; A bill banning transgender women from playing on women’s teams in scholastic sports is headed for the floor of the Florida House; The worry is that too many foreign adversaries are funneling research money through Florida’s colleges and universities so those countries can steal the fruits of that research. Florida lawmakers want to tighten up that process, but there are those who say it’s an overreaction; Legislators want Florida to create a tracking system for rape kits so victims can be better informed about what’s going on in their cases; Floridians from across the state come to the Capitol to speak in favor of a bill to do away with permanent alimony payments; And a total collapse of the massive holding pond at an abandoned Manatee County phosphate mine remains a possibility, even as many worry about the contaminated water being drained from the pond to prevent a collapse.
  • On tonight’s program: The League of Women Voters is out with a report calling for an investigation into Florida’s largest tax credit scholarship funding group along with its relationship with the lawmakers who support a voucher merger bill; Florida lawmakers are thinking about sweeping funds away from affordable housing programs; Florida opens up its COVID-19 vaccinations to every grownup in the state; When it comes to local zoning issues, there are some in the Florida Legislature who believe those decisions should be made in Tallahassee; And while some lawmakers are pushing to extend Florida’s marijuana programs, others want to shrink it. It’s a move some lawmakers say they just don’t understand.
  • On tonight’s program: The partisan debate over whether Florida’s elected school board members should be paid is heating up in the state capitol; Governor DeSantis is calling on the Biden administration to change its new immigration policies; Florida’s so-called “anti-riot bill” has cleared the House. Now it’s the state Senate’s turn; Members of Florida’s LGBTQ community fear a “Parents Bill of Rights” measure will actually be a license to discriminate; We have an in-depth follow-up to yesterday’s breaking news about the U.S. Supreme Court turning aside Florida’s assertion that it’s being denied its fair share of the water in the Apalachicola River basin; And cameras could soon be used to enforce speed limits in school zones.
  • On tonight’s program: The Florida budget crafting is starting to get underway in earnest; There’s breaking news about Florida coming out of the U.S. Supreme Court. We’ll have the latest; Florida’s unemployment system may still have lots of issues, but having one of the nation’s lowest weekly benefits may not be one of them much longer; A murder in Tallahassee may lead to more rights for grandparents all over Florida; Lawmakers say people renting their cars through online apps should have to pay taxes, just like rental car companies; And Florida farmers could actually get paid for more environmentally sensitive farming practices under a bill now working its way through both legislative chambers.
  • On tonight’s program: The battle goes on in the Florida Capitol over whether transgender female students can be banned from playing on women’s high school and college sports teams; While some places are offering special access to those vaccinated against the coronavirus, Governor Ron DeSantis is pushing back against those so-called “vaccine passports” hard; There are a bunch of proposed changes to Florida’s elections laws this session. But what does it mean for those who actually run the state’s voting mechanism? We’ll talk with an actual supervisor of elections who says some changes will have a hefty price tag; Governor DeSantis had a priority of protecting coastal communities from sea level rise. The problem was finding money to pay for it. Florida lawmakers seem to have found a source for that money; And lawmakers say giving kids CPR training before they graduate could give them the skills they need to save lives in the future.
  • On tonight’s program: Once again, the Florida Legislature looks at raising the bar for voters to pass - and even propose - changes to the state constitution; Lawmakers also say it’s time to get rid of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission; COVID-19 liability protections for businesses and health care providers are now state law in Florida; Florida colleges, universities and K-12 schools could catch a big break under a state Senate plan granting lawsuit immunity and waiving school accountability penalties; Florida lawmakers are considering a bill limiting the participation of transgender students in scholastic sports. The problem is, a similar measure in Idaho has already been struck down in federal court; And what advocates insist is a necessary safeguard to prevent local government from infringing on personal freedoms is making its way through the legislative process.
  • On tonight’s program: Could Florida’s election laws start looking like Georgia’s? A conservative think-tank is pushing some legislative action that could accomplish exactly that; The so-called “anti-riot” bill pushed by Governor DeSantis and the Republican leadership flies through the Florida House; Republican lawmakers say a bill that would allow people to carry guns in churches, even when those churches are attached to schools, is about property rights. Democrats argue the measure opens the door for weapons in classrooms; When it comes to attending in-person gatherings of any size, will the new hot ticket be either proof of COVID vaccination or a negative coronavirus test? We’ll get the thoughts of a prominent epidemiologist; And Florida’s Government in the Sunshine laws are often held up as a shining example for the rest of the nation. But all too often, that sunshine will cost you.
  • On tonight’s program: Lawmakers began Session looking for nearly 90,000 absent school kids and warning districts cuts were coming if the students stayed missing. About half have now been found; Lawmakers say this year’s healthcare spending plan will come down to a question of priorities; A crush of spring breakers in South Florida stokes fears of a superspreader event in the making; And a pesticide, approved by both the state and the feds, may be great for citrus growers, but not so great for those living close to where it’s used.