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Capital Report: 03-31-2015

A controversial abortion bill passed its first Senate committee Tuesday, despite much opposition. Sascha Cordner reports.

A plan that would allow students to attend any public school in any county is running into headwinds in the House. The proposal cleared its most recent committee in a partisan vote, and even its supporters admit it’s got flaws. Still, as Lynn Hatter reports, it’s generating a lot of interest outside the legislature.

Democrats were sounding the alarm about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the same day Republicans were steaming ahead with their plans to cement “ground” rules for the gas and oil drilling technique. As Jim Ash reports, the Senate Environmental Preservation Committee approved a drilling bill that forces the public to go to court if they want to know the chemicals drillers pump a mile below the ground.

Floridians say they’re tired of being yanked around by their utility companies and they’re pushing lawmakers to do something about it. Now Regan McCarthy reports the legislature is considering a move to turn up the heat on state’s utility regulators.

It was STEM Day at the Florida Capitol today (Tuesday) and Keta Browning reports students from across the state joined lawmakers to display their scientific achievements.

The Florida House is considering a bill that’s being called the transgender bathroom bill (HB 583). Supporters -- like the sponsor, Miami Republican Frank Arteles -- say it will protect people from potential attackers in bathrooms. But Seán Kinane, from member station WMNF in Tampa, spoke with Gianna Love, a transgender woman who opposes the bill because she says it would force her to choose either using the men’s restroom or facing a misdemeanor.