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Capital Report: 04-20-2015

Apr 20, 2015

A highly controversial bill pitting civil right against civil right is on final approach to the Governor Rick Scott’s desk. As Jim Ash reports, while adoption is one of the most private decisions a family can make, a so-called “religious conscience” bill is stirring a very public debate.        

Capital Report: 04-17-2015

Apr 17, 2015

As the ongoing drama surrounding healthcare in Florida thickens, some observers say there’s a way out of the darkness. Lynn Hatter reports some observers say there’s a small light at the end of the tunnel—if lawmakers can ever make it there.

When the House drills a little further down its calendar, environmentalists will get another chance next week to do their bit against fracking. Ash Jim Ash reports, lawmakers are going ahead with plans to create some “ground” rules for the oil and gas industry.

Capital Report: 04-16-2015

Apr 16, 2015

Governor Rick Scott says he’s suing the federal government over a move that links a critical hospital funding program to a Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The federal government says its decision to renew the $2 billion dollar program that reimburses hospitals for uncompensated care, hinges on the state’s decision to expand Medicaid. And Scott says that link amounts to coercion.

Capital Report: 04-15-2015

Apr 15, 2015

Florida appears primed to extend the statute of limitations for rape charges.  Nick Evans reports the proposal is headed for the Senate floor, less than a week after passing the House unanimously.

A bill requiring law enforcement agencies to have set guidelines in place when using body cameras is now heading to the House floor. Sascha Cordner reports it differs from a measure creating a public records exemption for the recordings.

Florida Public Radio’s Lynn Hatter and Tom Flanigan discuss the ongoing budget stalemate between the Florida House and Senate.

Capital Report: 04-14-2015

Apr 14, 2015

A last vestige from one of the darkest chapters in Florida’s history fell in the Senate Tuesday. As Jim Ash reports, the members took a largely ceremonial vote to wipe a 1977 ban on gay adoptions off the statute books.

State lawmakers approved new regulations for red light camera programs Tuesday, sending the proposal to the House floor.  And as with any good compromise, Nick Evans reports it seems almost no one’s happy.