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Capital Report: 06-14-2019

Today (Friday) Governor Ron DeSantis approved a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in Florida. Ryan Dailey reports the effort sparked controversy during this legislative session, but its backers say it’s all about following the rule of law.

As a response to the Parkland shooting which left 17 dead, Ban Assault Weapons Now is pushing to get assault weapons banned in the state through a constitutional amendment. Earlier this week they announced the effort has reached the threshold to trigger a Supreme Court Review. Blaise Gainey speaks with the Campaign Chair about what exactly the ban does.

Ten Florida School Districts are suing the state over a massive education law approved two years ago. The measure, known by its legislative moniker—House Bill 7069—made big changes to how charter schools are funded and created, and how school districts spend federal money on low-income students. Lynn Hatter reports an appeals court recently took up the case.

The Florida State University Athletics Department is joining with the Seminole Boosters to become a Direct Support Organization, or DSO. The new Florida State Athletic Association will serve as a private, nonprofit umbrella organization. But some are raising questions about accountability and transparency. DSO’s are excluded from many of the state’s public record laws despite operating within the state university system. Shawn Mulcahy spoke with FSU President John Thrasher.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried spoke before members of the Capital Tiger Bay Club in Tallahassee today (Friday, June 14.) Tom Flanigan was there, too.