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20 Jul 2019

Capital Report

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WFSU/Florida Public Radio reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers between legislative sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business or the arts, Capital Report gives information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians. Capital Report is broadcast each Friday at 6:30 pm and 9:00pm ET on 88.9FM - WFSU Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1FM -WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings). During Florida Legislative Session: Weekdays 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm ET - 88.9FM WFSU Tallahassee & Weekdays 5:30 pm CT - 89.1FM WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

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    Capital Report: 07-12-2019

    Florida courts have spoken and say the state’s medical marijuana distribution system is unconstitutional Blaise Gainey reports that could soon force the legislature and the industry to make changes. It sounds like something out of a crime drama. A dirty cop plants illegal drugs on people, then arrests them. State investigators say that’s exactly what happened in one North Florida County. Lynn Hatter reports. A new study describes the future mass redistribution of plants and animals on earth due to climate change. An author of the study says Florida is already experiencing this migration due to global warming. Brett Scheffers [chef-furs] is a professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Florida. He spoke with WUSF's Jessica Meszaros. The study by UF and the University of Tasmania appears in the journal "Nature Climate Change." Last month Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill aimed at promoting workforce training for students and adults. Recently the Tallahassee Community

  • Posted on 13 Jul 2019

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    Capital Report: 07-05-2019

    Florida’s Historic Capitol lawn was the backdrop for a protest Tuesday calling for the closure of migrant detention centers. Ryan Dailey has more. Thousands of felons throughout the state have the right to vote thanks to Amendment 4 and Governor Ron DeSantis signing the implementing bill into law. But to do so they will have to register first. Capital Reporter Blaise Gainey joined former Leon County Commissioner Bob Rackleff as he went door to door doing just that (registering felons to vote). More people could face felony charges for hazing that results in severe injury or death. The state’s previous rules frustrated prosecutors for years, but as Lynn Hatter reports, the death of a Florida State University student prompted the change. Floridians are working to gather signatures to get as many as 20 proposed constitutional amendments on the 2020 ballot. But as Regan McCarthy reports a new law creates new barriers for moving so called citizens initiatives forward. After years of “just

  • Posted on 06 Jul 2019

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    Capital Report: 06-28-2019

    Florida will soon strike up a so-called John’s Registry for people convicted of soliciting prostitution. It’s part of an effort to combat human and sex trafficking. The database has been endorsed by law enforcement who see it as a way to shame people who pay for sex, but Lynn Hatter reports, some victim advocates worry it could sweep up people who’ve been trafficked themselves. This week’s Democratic debates happened in Florida. But the lone Floridian in the race didn’t appear either night. But he is making an appearance on Capital Report, thanks to Caitie Switalkski from Miami’s WLRN. Saturday, a bill implementing an amendment that restores voting rights to Florida felons becomes law; unless Governor Ron DeSantis vetoes it. When voters passed the amendment it was expected that nearly 1 and a half million felons would be allowed to vote. But the Republican-dominated legislature passed an implementation bill that many say changes the intent. Blaise Gainey has more. Florida lawmakers

  • Posted on 28 Jun 2019

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    Capital Report: 06-21-2019

    Governor Ron DeSantis today [Friday] signed the state’s 90.9 billion dollar budget. Shawn Mulcahy has more. This week saw suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel go before the Senate special master in his appeal hearing. Ryan Dailey reports Israel pointed to Governor Ron DeSantis allegations of incompetence on the job as political. The Florida Department of Education recently announced the addition of three more school districts to the state’s Guardian Program. It’s been controversial from the start; opponents have mostly worried about the idea of people other than law enforcement officers having the ability to carry guns in schools. But Lynn Hatter reports, not all districts are carrying out the program the way most people think. Next time you get gas, you might see Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s smiling face at the pump. Fried’s sticker have stirred up some controversy, but she says she plans to leave them in place. Regan McCarthy has more… Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

  • Posted on 24 Jun 2019

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    Capital Report: 06-14-2019

    Today (Friday) Governor Ron DeSantis approved a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in Florida. Ryan Dailey reports the effort sparked controversy during this legislative session, but its backers say it’s all about following the rule of law. As a response to the Parkland shooting which left 17 dead, Ban Assault Weapons Now is pushing to get assault weapons banned in the state through a constitutional amendment. Earlier this week they announced the effort has reached the threshold to trigger a Supreme Court Review. Blaise Gainey speaks with the Campaign Chair about what exactly the ban does. Ten Florida School Districts are suing the state over a massive education law approved two years ago. The measure, known by its legislative moniker—House Bill 7069—made big changes to how charter schools are funded and created, and how school districts spend federal money on low-income students. Lynn Hatter reports an appeals court recently took up the case. The Florida State University Athletics

  • Posted on 14 Jun 2019

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