Capital Report: 05-08-2015
The legislative graveyard is littered with dead bills, but some issues are too stubborn to go down without a fight. One of them, Medicaid Expansion—is down, but some lawmakers and healthcare advocates are hoping to get it to move from the zombie column, into the land of the living. As Lynn Hatter reports, the fate of both a lawsuit against the feds – as well as the entire State of Florida budget - may depend on it.
The 2015 session was a target-rich environment for Second Amendment advocates, but when the smoke cleared, some high-profile gun bills missed the mark. As Jim Ash reports, opponents of a controversial proposal to allow firearms on university campuses are breathing a sigh of relief.
With a pair of gaming bills in hand, lawmakers folded early, but Regan McCarthy reports, most of the players say they’re ready to get back to the table.
The names of several Florida law enforcement officers who died while on duty are expected to be etched into a Washington D-C Memorial next week, after remembrance ceremonies were recently held at the state Capitol. As Sascha Cordner reports, those honored include a former Sheriff’s deputy, whose family has been awaiting the passage of a bill that would have helped them out financially, but died as the session imploded.
Some bills die near the finish line, but some never quite make it out of the gate. Nick Evans reports a bill to ratify the equal rights amendment died without a hearing yet again.