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Capital Report: 03-25-2019

Lawmakers in the Senate today (Monday) passed a bill that would implement Amendment 4, which allows certain felons to vote. But as Blaise Gainey reports proponents of the amendment argue it’s self-enacting and the bill that passed not only isn’t needed but also may not meet constitutional muster.

Some Florida lawmakers say it’s too easy to change the state’s constitution. They want to raise the bar in an effort to keep what they say are policy changes out of document that lays the ground work for Florida’s government. Regan McCarthy has more….

Legislation allowing less-expensive Canadian prescription drugs to be imported for sale to Floridians is moving forward in the Senate. Ryan Dailey reports those who oppose the measure have questions about vetting drugs coming in. 

There's a proposal in the state legislature that could make it easier for injection drug users to trade dirty needles for fresh ones -- preventing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C.  A trial project in Miami Dade County is the only legal needle exchange in Florida. The bill would let the other counties to create something similar. WLRN’s Sammy Mack has been following the needle exchange and the people who use it: 

A measure establishing a state hemp industry is making its way through the Florida Senate. Shawn Mulcahy reports the measure received critical backing from the Agriculture Committee Monday [today].

As the mid-point of this year’s Florida lawmaking session comes into view, the pace is starting to pick up at the Capitol.  Gina Jordan has a preview.

Since Florida essentially stripped an incentive program from the state’s Film Commission, the state has seen fewer movie and TV productions within its borders.  Now, as we hear from Gabrielle Bolden, advocates for those productions are trying revive Florida’s incentive programs.