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Capital Report: 04-22-2016

In the run-up to the presidential election, the Republican Party of Florida is busy selecting delegates. In the case of an open or contested convention, delegates could play a significant role. Kate Payne reports.

Higher education promises to be a central focus for incoming senate President Joe Negron, and he just completed a four day tour of Florida’s university system.  Every school wants the same things, but Nick Evans reports the visit to two schools in Tallahassee shows they’re not starting from the same place.

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones has been in her role for more than a year now. Previously, she led the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. She’s now the fourth Prison Chief appointed by Governor Rick Scott as well as the first female to have the role. She’s taken over a troubled agency and is in the process of continuing to implement prison reforms as well as ways to come to continue to change her agency’s image. Sascha Cordner recently sat down with the Secretary to talk about how this past legislative session affected her current and future goals.

Orlando could become the latest Florida city to decriminalize up to 20 grams of marijuana possession. The move follows similar policies approved in South Florida and Tampa. Just two weeks ago though, a proposal to do the same in Leon County failed. But that hasn’t stopped cities and counties from trying to take some control of marijuana enforcement. The moves come as Florida voters consider a constitutional amendment for medical marijuana in the state. Lynn Hatter spoke with WMFE’s Renata Sago on the latest in the growing push for marijuana in Florida.

With hurricane season approaching, Florida officials are working to hire a new state insurance commissioner. Regan McCarthy has more….