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Capital Report: 04-17-2013

The Florida Senate and House both passed their budget plans for the coming fiscal year last week. And now they’re preparing to hammer out their differences to come up with one, constitutionally required, balanced budget. Regan McCarthy reports the process, called conferencing, is expected get started soon.

The Florida House took up more than 80 measures Tuesday. Some were just discussed, and teed up for a vote. Others were voted on and sent over to the House, and a few were even sent to the Governor’s desk. Sascha Cordner reports on some of the more closely watched and highly debated bills up for discussion

Florida lawmakers continue to grapple with how best to serve the state’s uninsured population.   Three proposals are on the table covering various numbers of uninsured Floridians, but as Lynn Hatter reports with time running out, no clear path in sight, some say it’s time for a compromise.

Governor Rick Scott met with about sixty Florida public school superintendents today.  Ryan Benk reports the conversation was dominated by the new Common Core education standards and teacher pay raises.

A bill the House passed today [on Wednesday] would increase the number of pharmacy technicians each pharmacist can supervise. Jessica Palombo reports, critics of the bill say it’s putting corporate profits ahead of patient safety.

Since the Florida Legislature created it last year, Florida Polytechnic University has come under no end of criticism.  But the institution is actually under construction.  Several hundred people gathered yesterday (Tuesday) to celebrate the topping out of the school’s signature building.  As Robin Sussingham from Florida Public Radio Station WUSF reports, the ceremony was a welcome break from the intense political wrangling that has accompanied the university’s genesis.