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Capital Report: 02-27-2015

Prison reform is slated to be a big issue this upcoming legislative session, and a re-do of prison health care contracts will be part of the reform efforts. Sascha Cordner reports the new Florida Department of Corrections Secretary says she’s making progress on the issue—something lawmakers are keeping an eye on.

While the well-suited folks in the Florida Capitol sift through the eye-glazing minutia of documentary stamp taxes and Amendment One, a retired school bus driver sits a few miles away in his new manufactured home.  As Jim Ash reports, the consensus lawmakers reach will determine how many more low-income Floridians might reap the benefits of affordable housing.

As the legality of subsidies for use in the Affordable Care Act comes under debate, the issue of Medicaid expansion makes another comeback in the Florida legislature. Matthew Seeger reports on how both issues intertwine and what it means for millions of uninsured Floridians.

Top Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills aimed at improving employment and educational opportunities for people with disabilities. And as Lynn Hatter reports for some of the staunchest backers, the issue is personal.

Gaming is shaping up to be a big player this session as lawmakers consider what would happen if they don’t renew a portion of the state’s gaming compact with the Seminole tribe.

In the coming session, lawmakers will take up proposals altering the state’s policy for tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol.  Nick Evans reports, depending on how those changes play out, Florida’s drug policy could look quite a bit different by the time legislators head home.