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Capital Report: 10-05-2012

The Florida Supreme Court this week heard oral arguments in a child custody dispute between two women.  As Jessica Palombo reports, legal experts say the case highlights how state law does not reflect scientific advances, nor the variety of family structures that exist in today’s Florida.

Florida’s highest court also heard arguments this week about whether the legislature or the state university system governing body should have the power to set tuition rates.  Lynn Hatter reports it all comes down to how much students should pay to attend the state’s universities and who decides how much.

Floridians across the state are paying for nuclear power plants that some say may never be built. Regan McCarthy reports a state law let’s utilities charge customers for the plants before they even start construction, but now some are questioning the constitutionality of that measure.

The deadline to register voters in Florida is just days away, but one group of people won’t be able to vote in this year’s election despite their Florida residency. They’re ex-felons who, upon their release from prison, do not have their voting rights automatically restored. Florida is one of a few states in the nation to have such a policy, and, as Sascha Cordner reports, the NAACP is working with others in a national campaign to stop what they call “felony disenfranchisement.”

There are a total of eleven state constitutional amendment proposals facing Florida voters on this year’s ballot.  We’re taking an in-depth look at all of them in the course of the Capital Reports leading up to the election.  This week, Ronald J. Ebben has a double-header for us and he examined Amendments Four and Ten.