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Capital Report: 04-19-2019

Governor Ron DeSantis has reached his 100 days in office. And for the most part, he’s getting good marks from the public. The new governor promised sweeping changes in the way the state addresses the environment education and, as Lynn Hatter reports, some of those promises require state lawmakers to back him up.

The Florida Senate is moving forward with certificate of need repeal. But some call the move a dramatic shift that overturns weeks of work. Shawn Mulcahy reports the plan to scrap hospital regulations points to a bigger picture about the legislative process.

Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm ever to make landfall in North Florida, has been reclassified by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration as a category 5. Ryan Dailey spoke with Mark Wool, warning coordination meteorologist NOAA in Tallahassee, about what went into putting the storm among the ranks of history’s most destructive storms.

Children’s advocates are hoping that several bills important to them can navigate the legislative process successfully this year.  Tom Flanigan reports these include more resources for early childhood education and the so-called “baby courts” in the state.

911 operators will directly transfer callers instead of putting them on hold under a bill moving through the senate. Robbie Gaffney reports the measure follows a report from the Parkland Commission."

A main priority for Florida C-F-O Jimmy Patronis this Session was a bill that would provide some financial relief for Florida firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer.  That relief would take the form of a one-time cash payout of $25,000 upon initial diagnosis.  For a while, it appeared that bill would go down in flames, but now seems likely to make it through the process.  Capital Reporter Blaise Gainey sat down with C-F-O Patronis.