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Capital Report: 03-14-2019

Supporters and opponents of Republican Senator Dennis Baxley’s Fetal Heartbeat Bill had a showdown of sorts Thursday in the Capitol. Ryan Dailey reports Baxley wants an opportunity for the bill to get a committee hearing, and its detractors hope the measure never gets there.

Lawmakers are considering a plan to get rid of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission.  That after some say the board is out of control. Blaise Gainey reports.

Both the Florida House and Senate are moving ahead with a major priority of Governor DeSantis; to cut the student wait list for a program that provides vouchers for private schools.  But, as Lynn Hatter tells Tom Flanigan, the legislative proposals go well beyond simply building on the current program.

As Florida’s 2019 legislative session gets underway, arts and cultural organizations are working to persuade lawmakers to reinstate funding. After several years of decline, funding for the Division of Cultural Affairs took a nosedive in 2018 when lawmakers slashed it by 90 percent. WMFE's Nicole Darden Creston reports on the efforts to get that money back.

As we mentioned on yesterday’s Capital Report, Fridays – at least during the first month or so of each Florida lawmaking session – aren’t exactly frantic times at the Capitol. To further expand on that observation, here’s Gina Jordan.

A number of bills that would make changes to Florida’s alcohol rules are moving through the legislature. As Regan McCarthy reports many of them make exceptions to the state’s three tier system that separates manufactures, distributors and vendors.