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Capital Report: 04-22-2013

The Senate Rules Committee was plowing through a long list of bills today.  Regan McCarthy reports it was the last chance to vet the measures before placing them on the calendar for a full debate on the Senate floor.

The Florida Legislature is one step closer to inking out an actual deal for the state’s various clerks of the court budget.  As Sascha Cordner reports, it’s supposed to be more of a permanent fix to a problem that state lawmakers may have created a few years ago.

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an education bill into law today [on Monday] that he says should help more high school students graduate and go on to do a job that suits them. Jessica Palombo reports, the bipartisan bill would give students more ways to earn a high school diploma, including technical certification programs.

Florida lawmakers are paying a lot of attention to high school sports this year. A proposal overhauling the organization that regulates the athletes eligibility is now moving in the Senate, after being delayed several weeks. Groups opposed to the bill say it opens the door for cheating and aggressive recruiting—something frowned upon in high school sports.  But Lynn Hatter reports supporters say the Florida High School Athletics Association has grown too big for its britches, and needs some limits to its power.

Tom Flanigan reports on former Florida University System Chancellor Dr. Charles Reed’s speech in Tallahassee, in which he leveled some criticism at the system he used to oversee.