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Capital Report: 1-27-2020

Estimates show Florida could save hundreds of thousands of dollars if it were to allow certain inmates to be released from prison early. Blaise Gainey has the details.

Equality Florida is rallying at the capitol to condemn four proposals the group says could allow employers to discriminate against LGBTQ Floridians. Robbie Gaffney reports.

About a quarter of a century ago, the Florida Department of Commerce was abolished.  In its place were set up a number of private-public partnerships, including an entity called Visit Florida.  Its job was to promote tourism. As established, it was to be essentially immune to the changing tides of legislative politics.  But, as Victoria Dominguez reports, today’s Visit Florida finds itself under fire, most especially from the most powerful person in the State House of Representatives.

A little more than ten years ago, Florida set a goal to recycle 75 percent of its waste by this year. The state reached 60 percent in 2016, but since then it’s been backsliding. Now about 50 percent of the state’s trash is recycled. And for the past few years recycling markets have been getting worse—leading the recycling programs in some communities to close. Now, as Regan McCarthy reports, Tallahassee’s program could be next.

Florida lawmakers want to protect student athletes from sweltering temperatures, which can pose risk of heat strokes. Ryan Dailey reports senators heard from a parent whose son died as a result of overheating.

Lawmakers are settling back into busy mode tomorrow, as we hear from Gina Jordan.…

It’s commonplace for sports stadiums to bear the names of corporate sponsors—think Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Camping World Stadium in Orlando and Gillette Stadium for the New England Patriots. Now, such businesses are eyeballing deals with colleges and universities and some lawmakers don’t like that. Lynn Hatter has more.