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Capital Report: 03-19-2019

Public commenters gave lawmakers an earful today when the implementing bill for 2018’s Amendment 4 came up in a House committee meeting. The amendment allows certain felons to vote, but the argument has been which felons can’t vote. Blaise Gainey reports.

Florida lawmakers are considering a plan to deregulate a number of professions including barbers, nail specialists, geologist and interior designers. Regan McCarthy has more….

An effort to preempt local occupational and professional licensing standards is bringing together strange bed follows. Environmentalists, LGBTQ advocates, cities and counties and even the professionals themselves are opposed to the effort whose sponsor says, he’s just trying to standardize state rules.

The Senate has unveiled its 2019-2020 Education spending proposal. That includes a b$1.1 billion increase over the current fiscal year. The Florida Education Association says its encouraged by the move. Meanwhile, the House continues to refine its plan to create a new scholarship program to send kids to private school. Lynn Hatter speaks with WFSU Public Media Reporter Ryan Dailey about the latest in state education policy.

And here’s Gina Jordan with a look at what’s going on tomorrow at the state Capital.

Finally tonight, Tuesday was Coding Day at the Capitol. Gina Jordan has more on the initiative to promote computer science education.