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Capital Report: 04-07-2014

A Senate proposal to overhaul the Florida Retirement System could have its first official committee hearing later this week. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, the recently scaled-back proposal—already starting to move in the House—could still be in trouble in the Senate.

It’s game over for a bill intended to overhaul the state’s gambling rules, but Regan McCarthy reports a plan to end greyhound racing in Florida could still be in the cards.

Imagine a map of Florida.  Now ask yourself: what’s the most prominent geographical feature of the state?  You might have said, “it’s surrounded on three sides by water.”  That fact makes it a haven for boaters.  But what about the boats themselves?  What happens when they’re not in use?  As Stan Jastrzebski reports, the boats are often abandoned.  But now there’s legislation aimed at fixing that.

One of Florida State University’s biggest athletic stars may also be one of the school’s biggest liabilities. The federal government is now probing the school’s handling of sexual assault and harassment allegations against Jameis Winston—using a portion of federal law traditionally governing equal access in sports.

A horde of uniformed little lobbyists swarmed the Florida Capitol today [Monday] asking lawmakers for funding. As Jessica Palombo reports, Girl Scouts from across the state came to persuade policymakers there’s more to their organization than addictive snacks.