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Capital Report: 04-09-2015

Two bills aimed at building on past reforms to revamp Florida’s child welfare system plagued by child abuse deaths are now heading to the House floor, after passing their last committee Thursday. Sascha Cordner reports.

Florida students have dealt with an avalanche of problems with this year’s set of standardized tests, which were so bad that legislators have been pushing a proposal to suspend testing temporarily. But, as Matthew Seeger reports, Florida Democrats and activists don’t think the measure goes far enough.

Lawmaker upped the ante on a major gaming overhaul bill, adding several amendments intended to appease a number of stakeholders. But Regan McCarthy reports some lawmakers say the changes are likely to make the bill fold.

Some lawmakers are pumped to let contractors continue dumping the nasty stuff removed from backed up septic tanks without being treated first. As Jim Ash reports, critics call the practice “third world.”

It’s almost last call for four alcohol bills in the state legislature.  Nick Evans reports Thursday, bills in the house and the senate came before their final committees, but with very different outcomes.

The 2015 Florida lawmaking session is now in its final weeks and the stalemate between the Florida House and Senate continues.  A top tax cut priority of Governor Scott and the House is on shaky ground, amongst a long list of other uncertainties.  It’s been said that music reflects the mood of the time and Lynn Hatter found a lot of correlations between the current legislative climate and the musical soundtracks of life.