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Capital Report: Legislative Reorganization

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The 2012 Florida election results are official after the state certified them on Tuesday. After some election-night snags and tight races that kept supervisors counting even past the deadline, Jessica Palombo reports, many Florida officials and lawmakers are calling for elections reforms.

Teachers are just now getting their evaluation reports for the prior school year and for many the score cards come as a shock. That’s because those reports are based on a new evaluation scale that also considers expectations for student performance. Lynn Hatter reports on something called the Value-Added Model, which has the state’s largest teachers union calling for a change.

A legal dispute over the privatization of health care services in Florida’s prisons is far from over. A Leon Circuit Judge says he does not have all the information he needs to make a ruling yet. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, his ultimate decision will not only affect thousands of public employees in jeopardy of losing their jobs, it could also become a precedent in deciding what kind of authority a Florida legislative budget panel has in making future budgetary decisions.

Just a few minutes is all it takes to catch what doctors say can sometimes be a fatal heart issue in newborns called a Critical Congenital Heart Defect. Regan McCarthy reports the American Heart Association in Florida is working with lawmakers to get new legislation requiring all hospitals to administer what’s called a Pulse Oximetry test to all new babies.