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Capital Report: 03-23-2015

Mar 23, 2015

A battle involving the pharmaceutical industry, patients and doctors has found its way into the Florida legislature. At issue: whether patients should have to deal with alternative medications and how much say prescription drug plans have on treatment. Lynn Hatter reports.

Are you seeing dollar signs? No need to get your eyes checked. It’s probably just a side effect from a proposed Florida bill that would let eye doctors and other retailers set their own price for contact lenses. Regan McCarthy reports some say that could mean big sales.

Capital Report: 03-20-2015

Mar 20, 2015

Sea levels are rising and so were tempers Friday as protesters descended on Governor Rick Scott’s office. Environmental and open government advocates were armed with a petition seeking an investigation and a public records request for documents. As Jim Ash reports, they hope to get to the bottom of allegations that Scott is ordering his agencies not to refer to climate change.

Capital Report: 03-19-2015

Mar 19, 2015

The gap between the Florida House and Senate’s testing proposals just got bigger. And lawmakers continue weighing changes to the state’s charter school and class size laws. Lynn Hatter reports on the latest conversations on the state of education in Florida.

A bill presented to the House Education Committee today has strengthened the standards Florida’s charter schools are held to. As Matthew Seeger reports, the bill solves a lot of smaller problems in one fell swoop.

Capital Report: 03-18-2015

Mar 18, 2015

Up to this point, Democrats in the Florida Legislature have presented a unified front in opposition to a bill allowing concealed weapons on public university and college campuses.  But Nick Evans reports Wednesday two Democratic house members broke with their caucus to support the plan.

Guns were a big topic in the legislature today. A proposal letting people carry firearms without a concealed carry permit during the evacuation of a declared state of emergency is teed up for a vote in the Senate—despite Democratic opposition. Sascha Cordner reports.

Capital Report: 03-17-2015

Mar 17, 2015

Florida house budget writers say they expect the federal government to give the state money to support hospitals that treat uninsured patients. But they don’t believe it will remain the same as the current program. And Lynn Hatter reports, they’re not counting on the dollars as they build a budget.

Miami Republican Representative Frank Artiles’ controversial single-sex facilities bill passed its second House committee today (Tuesday).  But Nick Evans reports, the so-called bathroom bill’s progress has been dogged by loud public opposition.