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Capital Report: 04-19-2013

Florida’s new jobless numbers came out Friday morning.  Steven Rodriguez says it was pretty much all good news with the percentage of Floridians out of work nearing a five-year low.

Lynn Hatter brings us up to speed on how different proposals are moving, earlier this week in the Senate and today in the House.

Toughening the penalties for someone who murders a child under the age of 18 could be one step closer to becoming law in Florida. As Sascha Cordner reports a measure doing just that has passed the Florida House.  But some members of the chamber’s minority party say the bill could wind up hurting the very people it’s supposed to help protect and could be unconstitutional besides.

Floridians who receive welfare will no longer be allowed to use their electronic benefit cards to make purchases at places like liquor stores or gambling establishments if a bill that passed in the House becomes law. Regan McCarthy has more….

A program designed to help save lives after car crashes cleared the Florida House of Representatives this week. Jessica Palombo reports, the bill’s sponsor is also touting the so-called yellow-dot program as a way for county governments to bring in more revenue.

Tom Flanigan talks with Phil Gayleowitz of Health Report News about the Florida Legislature’s attempts to expand the number of low-income people covered by health insurance.

Earth Day is officially this coming Tuesday.  But Thomas Andrew Gustafson reports the Florida Department of Environmental Protection was celebrating today by opening up the Florida Capitol Courtyard for local students to learn about science careers and good environmental stewardship.