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Capital Report: 03-30-2012

The fate of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law is now up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices are beginning to weigh the merits of an historic three days’ worth of testimony for and against the Affordable Care Act. Lynn Hatter reports Florida had a front-row seat to the proceedings, as the state led 25-others in challenging the law.

Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is the man who filed the lawsuit that could define the limits of federal authority. It is McCollum’s argument that the Supreme Court Justices agreed to hear as the challenge to the Affordable Health Care Act. 

Florida’s Medicaid plan is wrapped up in a lawsuit alleging the state doesn’t provide adequate dental and medical care for children. Regan McCarthy reports experts say that’s because Florida’s physician reimbursement rates are so low.

The Republican-led Florida Legislature finished its redistricting do-over on Tuesday and is sending a revised Senate map back to the state Supreme Court for final action. James Call reports the House vote 61-47 in favor of the plan and ended a scheduled 15 day special redistricting session a day early.

A union that represents the state's probation officers is leaving it up to a judge to decide whether it's legal for probation officers to have to cut back on the number of visits they make each month to the homes of parolees. As Sascha Cordner reports, the Teamsters Union claims the move is a danger to the public and could lead to the loss of jobs.       

Florida’s Department of Children and Families was making lots of news this (past) week.  In the past, such a statement might be the lead-in to a negative story about the department.  But Tom Flanigan reports that was not the case this time…..