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Capital Report: 03-07-2019

The Florida House is moving forward with a big healthcare agenda at the direction of Speaker Jose Oliva. But as Lynn Hatter reports that agenda is setting up clashes with some healthcare providers who say it could lead to worse, not better care.

A bill that would create an elective Bible study course in public high schools has cleared the House Pre K-12 Quality Subcommittee. Ryan Dailey reports its sponsor is adamant her measure is constitutional.

On the very first day of this Legislative Session, Governor Ron DeSantis talked about improving Florida’s water quality. Toxic algae once again fouled Central and South Florida waterways resulting in one of the longest outbreaks in years. In addition, the governor has promised additional funding to continue Everglades restoration efforts. But as WMFE’s Amy Green reports, some are wondering about other troubled waterways.

In hopes of meeting Governor Ron Desantis’s March 15th deadline to repeal a ban on smoking medical marijuana, lawmakers in the senate have sent their bill to the Florida House. Bu not without making a few changes first. Blaise Gainey has more.

Lawmakers are working to tamp down on the state’s reputation as one of the worst places for litigation. Regan McCarthy reports a tort reform measure is moving forward in the House.

Here’s Gina Jordan with a preview of tomorrow’s somewhat minimalist action at the Florida Capitol.

After hours of listening to public policy debates and political posturing as well as racing all over the Capitol, one might be tempted to slip away to a friendly tap room and hoist a cold one.  But the best place to do that hoisting may be hundreds of miles from Tallahassee.

A Southwest Florida tap room was just named the best beer bar in the state. WGCU’s Rachel Iacovone (YAH-ku-VOAN-ee) takes us inside.