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Capital Report: 3-10-2020

Florida lawmakers are re-examining their budget amid worries the Coronavirus could begin to impact the state’s tourism-driven economy. Legislative leaders want to funnel more money into the state’s rainy day fund in case those worries dampen revenues. Lynn Hatter reports that means issues previously assumed to be settled are now back in play.

University Presidential searches are done out in the open in Florida. Once a person applies, their resume is usually accessible and can be reviewed by anyone. Supporters claim the transparency can scare away the best available options. Blaise Gainey reports those against the measure lined up outside the Senate chambers in a last bid to defeat the bill.

A man wrongfully imprisoned for almost 43 years could soon get more than 2 million dollars from the state. The proposal just cleared the Florida House and is on its way to the governor’s desk. Robbie Gaffney reports.

Bringing hemp into a state prison or county jail could soon be a felony offense in Florida, under a bill that’s on its way to the governor’s desk. Ryan Dailey reports the legislation revises the list of contraband in facilities statewide.

Lawmakers in the House have passed a bill they say takes a bite out of the shark-fin trade. But conservation groups argue a last minute amendment takes the teeth out of the bill. Regan McCarthy has the story.

Local governments would be precluded from banning such commodities as cosmetics and sunscreens under a measure that passed the House today (Tuesday.) Tom Flanigan has that.

Regardless of what else happens, there will still be lawmaking taking place at the Florida Capitol tomorrow.  Here’s Gina Jordan.

Even as Florida lawmakers race to wrap up this year’s Session as quickly as possible, there is an election looming next week.

As the Florida Presidential Primary nears, local officials are endorsing candidates. Audriana Thomas reports.