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Capital Report: 2-4-2020

Under a new bill, courts could grant grandparents visitation rights under certain conditions. Robbie Gaffney reports the bill is being pushed after the murder of Dan Markel.

Nearly every session there is a call to repeal Florida’s current car insurance system that requires every owner over a motor vehicle to maintain Personal Injury Protection coverage. It was put into place 40 years ago and there have been calls that it’s gotten too expensive. Now with less than 40 days to go in the 2020 session, lawmakers in the House took up a proposal to remove the system. Blaise Gainey has the story.

A bill that removes time limits for prosecuting sexual assault of a minor has plenty of momentum in the Florida House. Ryan Dailey spoke with its Senate sponsor who remains optimistic the bill will get moving in her chamber.

Florida’s pet stores may be facing more state oversight under a bill being heard in the Senate. Although, as Victoria Dominguez tells us, there is some debate over the motivation for that oversight.

Republican Senator Anitere Flores is ready to go home. The Miami lawmaker has been in the legislature for 16 years. She’s term-out this year. Flores sat down with Lynn Hatter to discuss her legislative career: the accomplishments, the failures, and what she considers the end of a chapter.

Gina Jordan is checking out upcoming Capitol happenings….

A number of bills that would preempt local business regulation are stacking up in the Florida legislature. Regan McCarthy reports the latest would bar local bans on companies run out of people’s homes.