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Capital Report: 04-26-2013

Florida lawmakers are scheduled to end the 2013 Legislative Session next Friday, May third.  So far, they’ve accomplished many things.  But there’s a very major issue still unresolved.  That’s the goal of providing more low-income Floridians with healthcare; whether through the Medicaid program or something else.  Lynn Hatter explains the twists and turns of the issue from the first day of session until now.

Feel free to turn your radio volume up. The Florida Senate won’t try to stop you. Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers voted down a bill that would have banned blasting music in your car that’s plainly audible to a person standing 25 or more feet away.

With this year’s lawmaking session rapidly drawing to a close, it appears public employee pension reform in Florida may be dead.  But as Sascha Cordner reports, if both legislative chambers do come to an agreement on pension overhaul, which way may Governor Rick Scott be leaning?

The legislature passed an alimony reform measure and sent it to Governor Scott for his signature.  But Ryan Benk reports opponents of the bill rallied in front of Governor Rick Scott’s office today, demanding that he veto the measure.

Among the bills heading to Governor Rick Scott’s desk this week are two that create new exemptions to Florida’s public records laws. Jessica Palombo reports, the president of a group that advocates for more open government is saying she wishes lawmakers would debate such measures more thoughtfully.

Tom Flanigan talks with Florida Public Radio interns Thomas Andrew Gustafson and Steven Rodriguez about their impressions of the 2013 Florida Lawmaking Session.