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Capital Report: 01-15-2016

This coming Tuesday (1/19) supporters of Florida’s corporate tax scholarship program will gather at the Capitol. They’ve pushed the state teachers union to drop its lawsuit against the program that gives scholarships to low income kids to attend private school. Florida has become one of the nation’s hot spots for school choice programs. And as Lynn Hatter reports while many ideas may have originated in other states, Florida has adopted them and created a massive alternative system.

The conversation around elder abuse typically revolves around nursing homes.  But Nick Evans reports one lawmaker is fighting a very different kind of mistreatment.

Sponsors of a major rewrite of the state’s water policy are claiming victory after easy passage during the first week of the legislative session. But critics are asking Governor Rick Scott for a veto. They say the bill will do little to protect Florida’s freshwater springs, Lake Okeechobee or the Everglades. Jim Ash has more.

Lawmakers put the brakes on a plan related to Medicaid reimbursement this week after Attorney General Pam Bondi attended the bill’s first committee hearing to speak against it. Regan McCarthy has more…..

The Florida Department of Corrections is moving forward with finding new private prison health care providers to run those services in the coming months. As Sascha Cordner reports, that’s after the state’s main prison health care provider recently terminated its contract with the state.

This week saw a homerun for disability rights in the Florida Capitol. Kate Payne reports there are two bills heading to the Governor’s desk.