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Capital Report: 04-05-2013

A bill that aims to make Florida parents take more responsibility over their juvenile kids who commit a crime is expected to be taken up Tuesday in its second committee stop. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the measure could look a little different, after concerns were raised at its last stop about how different parts of the bill could negatively impact parents.

Florida lawmakers have been working for two years to overhaul the state’s early childhood education programs. That includes how the state runs it’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and School Readiness systems. The House Education Committee had released a proposal aimed at tightening up on the system, but as Lynn Hatter reports critics say while changes are needed, they worry the proposal will reduce both system’s to glorified babysitting services.

Child abuse is a tragic reality, both in Florida and across the nation.  But a partnership between local businesses and Florida’s Department of Children and Families hopes to reduce the extent of child abuse.  Ryan Benk reports Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott officially launched the state’s annual Pinwheels for Prevention campaign today while reading to children from a Capital City Christian Academy.

After a Tallahassee judge imposed an injunction on parts of Florida’s new Personal Injury Protection rules, lawmakers in the Senate Budget and Insurance Committee say it might be time for more PIP changes. Regan McCarthy has more….

Except for once every ten years during reapportionment, the Florida Legislative Session typically starts in early March.  But what if it started in January instead?  A bill proposing the two-month shift advanced through a committee this week.  As Jessica Palombo reports, the seemingly minor time shift is setting off a discussion about how to make Florida’s lawmaking body govern more efficiently.