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Capital Report: 01-11-2019

Shawn Mulcahy and Tom Flanigan review the very busy first week of Florida’s new governor and (mostly) new state cabinet.

Although Florida voters approved medical marijuana a few years ago, a legal battle has raged ever since on whether the medicine can be smoked.  As Blaise Gainey reports, a new governor and mostly new cabinet may be significantly changing the dynamic of those arguments.

Amid the U.S. Government shutdown now going on 20 days, federal employees and their agencies in Florida are feeling it in different ways. As Ryan Dailey reports, the question of when the shutdown will end is dominating the minds of many.

A law that went into effect last July requires medical providers to check a statewide database before prescribing opioids for patients. Now, lawmakers are being asked to consider an exemption for doctors who care for terminally ill patients. Florida Public Radio’s Gina Jordan reports a Senate panel got an overview of the law this week -- and its impact so far.

On the same day that Governor Ron DeSantis and the state’s three cabinet members were sworn into office, more than a million Floridians became eligible to vote for the first time since their felony convictions.  John Davis from member station WGCU in Fort Myers says that’s the consequence of Amendment Four, which passed overwhelmingly in the November election.

Conor McBride is serving 20 years at Wakulla Correctional Institution for killing his fiancée, Ann Grosmaire (grow-MAYER), when they were both 19. It could have been a life sentence, but her parents asked the state attorney for less time. And as Margie Menzel reports, their embrace of restorative justice is spreading.