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Capital Report: Early Voting Begins

The voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender voters is growing, with communities hosting candidate forums to talk about LGBT issues and the first openly gay lawmaker in Florida getting elected to office. Regan McCarthy reports some experts say the group of active voters in a swing state like Florida could make the difference in whose elected president this year.

Amendment Eight on the Florida ballot is called the Religious Freedom Amendment. Its supporters are saying it’s needed to defend against what they see as an attack on religious organizations by the Florida court system. But, as Jessica Palombo reports, opponents of the amendment are saying it would virtually require state tax money to directly support religious activities.

A little-known United Nations plan adopted twenty years ago is now seen by some as a threat to the American way of life. Tom Flanigan reports the Florida Legislature is expected to address the issue when it convenes this coming March.

A proposal to change Florida’s license plates is now on hold, after the state’s tax collectors raised concerns about the distribution of the new tags. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently tabled the issue, and as Sascha Cordner reports, it’s hoping to hash out a proposal to make sure the redesign of the plates is something everyone wants.

A former nurse at the Florida State Mental Hospital in Chattahoochee could face jail time after a pregnant patient lost her child. The incident sparked an investigation by the State Attorney’s Office and Florida Department of Children and Families. Now the woman’s family is speaking out. And as Lynn Hatter reports, they say there are still several unanswered questions about what happened to their daughter and grandson.