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Capital Report: 02-13-2018

An education bill is sparking debate about how universities receive performance funding. Shawn Mulcahy reports lawmakers are facing an important decision about the future of the program.

Florida students who find themselves with excess credit hours might soon catch a tuition break. Lynn Hatter reports, a move is underway to roll back a policy that could charge them double-tuition.  And the sponsor herself, is a college student.

A bill that would allow sex trafficking survivors to sue hotels that turn a blind eye to their abuse is moving in the Florida Senate.  Some lawmakers worry that measure would create a new area of the law, or grounds for fraud.  But this week, as Margie Menzel reports, the testimony of four survivors moved the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs to a unanimous vote in favor of the measure.

A number of child welfare bills are continuing to move in the Florida Legislature. Sascha Cordner reports.

Florida lawmakers want first responders to get workers’ compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder. But Kate Payne reports the House bill would only give them a year to file a claim. 

The confusion and stress of preparing for and even evacuating from a hurricane can mean that some things slip through the cracks—sometimes that’s something as important as a family pet. Regan McCarthy reports Florida lawmakers are looking into legislation to ensure Florida’s animals are taken care of.