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Capital Report: 03-19-2014

Widely loved former Florida governor Reubin Askew was memorialized in Tallahassee this week before being laid to rest in his home town of Pensacola. As Jessica Palombo reports, those whose lives Askew touched got the chance to pay their respects as he lay in state at the Historic Capitol Tuesday and at a church service today [Wednesday].

Florida lawmakers have rolled out their education spending proposals for the upcoming fiscal year.  According to the raw numbers, there’s more money for the state’s public schools than last year.  But, as Lynn Hatter reports, while the legislature is looking to up the ante, much of the increase may be coming from the state’s property owners.

In an effort to get patients treated more quickly, Florida lawmakers are looking at a bill to require the state’s doctors to offer Hepatitis C testing to baby boomers who are typically more at risk for the disease.  But Regan McCarthy reports some are worried the bill’s language is too strong.

After several years of never being taken up in the Florida Legislature, a bill seeking to regulate the state’s parasailing industry is now heading to the Senate Floor. As Sascha Cordner reports, it’s a popular water sport in the Sunshine State that’s ended in tragedy for some.

Advocacy groups, lobbyists and public policy think tanks are just as prone as lawmakers to duke it out when they have different takes on issues.  Ryan Benk reports on a battle that erupted this week between the Florida Medical Association and Florida Taxwatch.