Capital Report: 04-06-2015
The chances of Florida using federal dollars to extend health insurance coverage to more than 800-thousand Floridians are fading. Lynn Hatter reports Governor Rick Scott says he’s not inclined to support more programs that the federal government could, quote: “scale back or walk away from."
The courts struck down Florida’s ban on gay adoptions five years ago. Now Republican conservatives are striking back with a so-called “conscience protection” law that would let private adoption agencies discriminate against gays and lesbians.
As US Representative Patrick Murphy starts his run for a senate seat this election cycle, some of the more progressive-leaning Democrats in Florida see him as an elephant in mule’s clothing. As Matthew Seeger reports, Florida progressives met to discuss what to do about the so-called “Wall-Street Democrat.”
Some Florida lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle want to revamp the state’s guardianship laws. Sascha Cordner has more.
Solar energy is the reason for a lot of boots on the ground this session…or high heels and loafers, actually, as lawmakers, activists, and lobbyists swarm the Capitol to share their views as we hear from Reagan McCarthy.
When Florida’s law enforcement officers retire, they get a pension. Well, most of them do. Nick Evans reports one lawmaker wants to expend retirement support to a group on the front line of policing that currently gets none…police dogs.