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Capital Report: 04-06-2015

Apr 6, 2015

The chances of Florida using federal dollars to extend health insurance coverage to more than 800-thousand Floridians are fading. Lynn Hatter reports Governor Rick Scott says he’s not inclined to support more programs that the federal government could, quote: “scale back or walk away from."

The courts struck down Florida’s ban on gay adoptions five years ago. Now Republican conservatives are striking back with a so-called “conscience protection” law that would let private adoption agencies discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Capital Report: 04-03-2015

Apr 3, 2015

The Florida Senate is working on a measure that would alter the way some home insurance claims are billed.  And Nick Evans reports some in the repair and restoration industry worry it could put them out of business.

Capital Report: 04-02-2015

Apr 2, 2015

A panel of Florida lawmakers grilled the head of Florida’s troubled prison system, before unanimously confirming her during a Senate hearing Thursday. Sascha Cordner reports.

Two bills that will allow concealed weapons throughout Florida’s public school system are headed for the House floor.  But Nick Evans reports their prospects for final passage are very different. 

Capital Report: 04-01-2015

Apr 2, 2015

The Florida House and Senate are 4-billion dollars apart on their proposed spending plans and as Keta Browning Reports, Medicaid remains the biggest sticking point—with the Senate relying on federal funds for its proposed 80-billion dollar budget.

Both chambers of the Florida Legislature laid out their criminal justice budgets Wednesday. Sascha Cordner reports the House and Senate spending plans are similar—driven by a goal of helping Florida’s troubled prison system.

Capital Report: 03-31-2015

Mar 31, 2015

A controversial abortion bill passed its first Senate committee Tuesday, despite much opposition. Sascha Cordner reports.

A plan that would allow students to attend any public school in any county is running into headwinds in the House. The proposal cleared its most recent committee in a partisan vote, and even its supporters admit it’s got flaws. Still, as Lynn Hatter reports, it’s generating a lot of interest outside the legislature.