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Capital Report: 02-17-2017

Florida lawmakers seem likely to approve unanimous jury sentences for death penalty cases in the opening weeks of this year’s legislative session.  But Nick Evans reports some warn there could be another crisis around the corner.

In the midst of perennial debates over abortion and gun control, Florida lawmakers paused briefly this week to contemplate a nearly utopian future…one where cars drive themselves and the mighty Gulf Stream provides most of our energy needs.  Jim Ash has the look ahead.

As part of assembling Florida’s budget for the next fiscal year, legislators are pushing local pet projects.  But Sarah Mueller reports there’s a new vetting process for House members this year intended to bring more transparency to the process.

A legal fight between the states of Florida and Georgia over water use has been tilted strongly in Georgia’s favor.  As Lynn Hatter reports, that development is sparking a closer look at the policies of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees water resources in the multi-river system.Lawmakers are looking into a plan to ensure more of Florida’s vote by mail ballots are counted. Regan McCarthy has more...

Florida is a prime breeding ground for invasive species that can threaten the state’s ecology and economy. For every lionfish or Burmese python that’s captured, thousands remain. And the sheer scope of the problem is pushing some lawmakers to ask how much of a difference state funding actually makes. Kate Payne reports.

There are more than 120 specialty license plates in Florida, and some Florida lawmakers are hoping to add several more to that list. As Sascha Cordner reports, it includes a “President Ronald Reagan” license plate that will also go toward helping fight the disease he had in the latter years of his life.