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Capital Report: 01-10-2014

A group of state lawmakers gave the go-ahead this week to a bill associated with Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, some say the changes could go further, while others believe the measure decriminalizing firing a warning shot won’t do much at all.

A hate crime report compiled by the Florida Attorney General’s office shows a 22-percent statewide increase in hate crimes in one year. But as Jessica Palombo reports, hate crime experts say such reports are severely flawed because most offenses go unreported or unprosecuted.

After long months of study, including the collection of a number of anecdotes, Clearwater Senator Jack Latvala this week introduced a bill he says will crack down on lawmakers living outside the districts.  As Stan Jastrzebski reports, the bill lists nearly two-dozen criteria which may be considered; even though Latvala says state lawmakers may not be subject to it if and when it passes.

Florida’s public universities are having a hard time finding presidents. The hunt for Florida A&M’s took nearly a year, and the search for a president of Florida Atlantic is in its final stages after several fits and starts. Now, as Lynn Hatter reports some are once again raising concerns about the way Florida finds its public higher education leaders.

Lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would clear the way for Floridians to shoot off more fireworks. Regan McCarthy has more….