Capital Report: 10-11-2013
Should Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law be tweaked? A bill that would make some changes to the controversial measure was up for Senate debate during this legislative committee week. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the bill has its share of critics, including a powerful House member who holds the key to its survival.
More than a third of the nation’s death sentences were given out in just one percent of counties last year —and three of the top-sentencing districts are in Florida. That’s according to a new national study. But as Jessica Palombo reports, prosecutors from one of those Florida districts say the study is misleading.
A recent Florida Supreme Court case is forcing justices to consider profound questions about what a reasonable expectation of privacy is. As Ryan Benk reports, what the public may consider private space might not be, according to the letter of present law.
Florida is backing a Mississippi lawsuit against a new federal rule could some say could kill the state’s economy and force Floridians out of their homes. Regan McCarthy reports the law is an effort to get people to pay an actuarially-sound rate on their federal flood insurance policies.
Officials with the Florida A&M University health department have taken to Twitter to raise awareness of sexual health. Lynn Hatter reports some of the resulting tweets are making FAMU administrators blush, but the effort is earning kudos from local health officials and sex ed researchers in other states. We also warn that the discussion in the story gets a bit frank in places, so be advised.