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Capital Report: 2-20-2020

The majority of the public records legislation Florida lawmakers are considering this year would remove information from the sunshine. But Regan McCarthy reports one bill seeks to make it easier for people to get data from the government.

Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried is calling for the adoption of new clemency rules proposed by Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, following the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold an injunction against Florida’s amendment 4 implementing law. Audriana Thomas reports.

A provision limiting water bottling companies’ access to permits sparked spirited debate in the Senate Appropriations committee Thursday. Kayla Gallagher reports an effort that appeared dead in the legislature weeks ago has resurfaced from the depths.

Florida seems on the verge of raising the smoking age to 21 and imposing tighter regulations on vaping, flavored tobacco and nicotine products. The proposal would ban all flavors except for menthol and tobacco. Lynn Hatter reports the proposal builds on rules approved last year by the federal government but some Florida Republicans feel it goes too far.

Three Miami-Dade high school seniors are working on what they call “The Narcan (NAHR-cann) Project.” They want to put the heroin overdose reversal drug Narcan in every school. Last year, one of them wrote an email to Miami Democratic Senator Jason Pizzo [PIZZ-oh]. And the next day -- he wrote back:  “I said, I’ll do you one better than just reading your email and your proposal. I think this is actually a really good idea for a bill.” WLRN’s Jessica Bakeman introduces us to the students who inspired a bill designed to prevent opioid deaths in schools.

A bill designed to make sure more communities get quality internet service has passed its last committee stop in the Senate. Blaise Gainey has the details on how the proposal would work.

Until the very end of Session, most Friday’s aren’t super-busy at the Florida Capitol, but Gina Jordan found a few things to eagerly anticipate…

Florida’s college system wants to add more resources for veterans, which could honor training they got in the military with class credits. Ryan Dailey reports House and Senate sponsors are trying to help that along with a bill that creates what they’re calling the 'Patriot’s Path' program.