Capital Report: 04-23-2013
On this second day of the next to final week of the 2013 Florida lawmaking session, a lot of things are happening very quickly. But there are still some key issues that are moving a bit more slowly. Thomas Andrew Gustafson has the latest on what is really a delicate three-way chess game.
Florida lawmakers are creating a trust fund to hold any money the state may get as a result of a lawsuit over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil washed ashore for weeks and months following the spill from a rig operated by BP, hurting tourism and damaging coastal shorelines. But as Lynn Hatter reports, some local government officials see the legislature’s trust fund as an attempt to take away their control and possibly their money.
Some natural gas companies want to take advantage of Florida’s existing resources and use once-mined and now empty underground natural gas and petroleum reservoirs as a place to store natural gas. Regan McCarthy reports members of the Florida House considered the subject Tuesday.
National Sexual Assault Awareness Month is coming close to an end, and one sexual abuse survivor in Florida is hoping to spread awareness about sexual abuse prevention. As Sascha Cordner reports, Victims Advocate Lauren Book joined Governor Rick Scott, members of the Cabinet, and Florida lawmakers in the last leg of her fourth annual "Walk in My Shoes Journey."
Today was annual Suicide Prevention Day at the Florida Capitol. Jessica Palombo reports, it’s when advocates knock on legislators’ doors and talk about how they’d like laws to change to try and save lives.
One of the Second Amendment’s most potent advocates takes her case before the Capital Tiger Bay Club. Tom Flanigan was there to capture her remarks.