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Capital Report: 04-30-2013

When things are rolling along smoothly and you can’t get the other guy’s attention, simply bring the proceedings to a screeching halt….or at least, a painfully slow crawl.  Regan McCarthy reports that’s exactly the tactic that Democrats in the Florida House used today to call Republican attention to the matter of health care expansion for low income Floridians.

Starting this fall, it will be a crime for massage parlors to stay open all night in Florida, if Governor Scott signs a bill headed for his desk. Jessica Palombo reports, the bill regulating massage parlors is aimed at fighting human trafficking. And it passed both legislative chambers unanimously.

An amendment to a water pollution bill aimed at tracking down deaths and illness from toxic algae sank in the Florida House today.  Thomas Andrew Gustafson reports opponents successfully argued the bill wasn’t critical to improving the state’s water quality.

The Florida Senate has essentially killed a House pension proposal favored by Speaker Will Weatherford. As Sascha Cordner reports, a bipartisan group of Senators voted down an amendment that does away with the state’s pension plan for future state employees.

Today was Florida’s Agriculture Literacy Day.  Nearly a dozen organizations and agencies statewide took time to share the importance of Florida’s second-largest industry – behind only tourism – with school kids.  Steven Rodriguez reports Florida’s Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam kicked off the observance in Tallahassee.