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Capital Report: 02-22-2019

Florida Senate Republicans are pushing a new scholarship program that expands school choice. But Ryan Dailey reports if it passes, the program could end up in court.

The deadline is nearing for the Florida legislature to put a bill allowing patients to smoke medical marijuana on the Governor’s desk. Both Chambers have been moving quickly to finish in time but still are not in agreement with one another. Now both sides are expecting to file other bills to address the things they can’t come to agreement on before time runs out.  Blaise Gainey has the details.

Florida was among the first states to pass mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws in 1979. The Legislature loosened those requirements in 1993, then reinstated them 6 years later.  Now, a sweeping proposal of criminal justice reforms in Tallahassee would again make changes. Gina Jordan reports the legislation was bolstered this week by the release of a study showing Florida should reconsider its policy on drug sentences.

Two bills in the Florida legislature would add workplace protections for LGBTQ individuals, but activists say one could be a step forward while the other could be a step back. Robbie Gaffney has more.

The courts say the signatures on Florida vote-by-mail ballots don’t have to exactly match the signatures on file.  Part of the reason is it depends on who did the signing. Now state lawmakers will have to make the appropriate legal changes.  Shawn Mulcahy talks with Tom Flanigan about it.

The Florida governor who pushed the enactment of the Florida Prepaid program for college funding talks about why it’s still a good idea more than 30 years after its creation.