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Capital Report: 2-19-2020

The 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals for agreed to allow a group of felons to vote despite not having paid their fines and fees. The US Court ruling only applies to that select group of plaintiffs in the Kelvin Jones vs the State case. The case stems from the 2018 constitutional amendment that allowed felons to have their voting rights back and the law the legislature passed enacting it. Blaise Gainey spoke with Florida Conservation Voters Executive Director Aliki (uh-LEE-kee) Moncrief (MON-kreef) about the ruling and also what she says are attempts by the legislature to make sure citizens initiatives like the felon voting one doesn’t make it on a ballot again.

Before a practitioner gives someone opioids they must discuss alternatives with them. Now, lawmakers want hospice workers to be exempt from that conversation. A proposal heading to the Senate Floor would do just that. Robbie Gaffney reports.

Florida lawmakers are again tinkering with the state’s school grading and testing system. The changes follow the rollout of new learning standards the Department of Education is using to replace Common Core. But as Lynn Hatter reports, teachers and school administrators and worry the bill amounts to too much change, too fast, and say it could hurt schools that serve low-income students the most.

Florida lawmakers are considering a change they hope will make the state’s affordable housing dollars further. Regan McCarthy has more….

Rep. Michael Grant’s bill allowing the state to usurp local governments on licensing for certain jobs is heading to a vote by the full House. Ryan Dailey reports Democrats in the chamber are taking a fine-tooth comb to the measure.

Businesses could get an extra incentive to hire more interns, according to a bill being heard in Florida’s legislature. Victoria Dominguez looked into what this could mean for businesses and interns alike.