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Capital Report: Strict Rules for Lawmakers

Florida lawmakers are hammering out a plan for the coming legislative session. Regan McCarthy reports It involves new committees, new priorities and a more intensive review for the state’s budget.

After a failed attempt last year, advocates for alimony reform are back at it, trying to get Florida’s divorce laws overhauled. As Jessica Palombo reports, supporters of the changes say current laws unfairly punish higher-earning spouses. But critics say, the proposed law unfairly favors them.

Over the past year the Florida Department of Education has weathered criticism over the way it scored student exams, the resignation of a commissioner and now, the fumbled rollout of new teacher evaluations. Lynn Hatter reports the Department’s Interim Education Commissioner appeared before a Senate Education Committee Thursday calling it a “painful year.”

The Florida Department of Corrections is preparing to file an appeal, after a Judge ruled privatizing most of the health care services in Florida’s prisons, illegal. The department says the state would face a massive budget deficit, if it complies with the decision. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, some say the department should stop fighting the ruling because of the thousands of prison health care workers unsure about their jobs.

Today, it seems almost any random gathering of people is likely to attract at least one food truck. Tom Flanigan reports the number of these restaurants-on-wheels is growing in Florida, as well as their impact on the economies in which they operate….