Capital ReportAuthor: ssafran@npr.org
21 Feb 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: 02-15-2019

    Thursday’s joint meeting of the Florida House Judiciary Committee and Criminal Justice Subcommittee brought up questions about the logistics of implementing Florida’s new Amendment 4. Ryan Dailey reports election supervisors still have questions. After Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission bundled its proposals on the November ballot—often linking seemingly unrelated items, like indoor vaping and offshore drilling—lawmakers want some changes. Regan McCarthy reports on two bills. One would limit the commission to making single subject proposals and the other would get rid of the board completely. As Florida lawmakers grapple with changes to the state’s medical marijuana rules, others are questioning how hemp fits into the picture. Hemp is a marijuana plant, but is low in THC—meaning it doesn’t get people high. Instead, people say the CBD from the plant can have significant health benefits. But the two products come plants that look and smell the same—making regulation and

  • Posted on 16 Feb 2019

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    One Year After Parkland, Activists Continue Push For Gun Reform

    One year after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, and many more wounded, pain and grief clouded the usually-cheery Valentine’s Day. Communities across the state took a moment to remember the lives lost. But advocates also made their voices heard once again.

  • Posted on 15 Feb 2019

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    Capital Report: 02-08-2019

    Governor Ron DeSantis is proposing changes to the state’s Best and Brightest program that he says will result in sizable bonuses for highly rated teachers. Ryan Dailey reports this comes amid a teacher shortage that has made recruitment a necessity. Turning around a troubled school isn't easy, and Florida lawmakers have tried many formulas over the years. On Thursday, the House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee learned how one approach has increased graduation and income rates while driving down crime and other social ills. Margie Menzel reports. Under a pair of bills going before the Florida legislature this session, women could be charged with a third degree felony if they get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Kevin Del Orbe [del-OR-bay] has more A non-euphoric strain of cannabis is being sold in stores across Florida. It’s available as oils, edibles, and even flower. But as questions about the legality of it linger, CBD remains in limbo. Blaise Gainey has more. Final

  • Posted on 11 Feb 2019

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    Trouble-Plagued Sunpass System Sending Final Backlogged Invoices

    Final invoices are going out this week to SunPass customers who got caught in a billing backlog . The problem began with a trouble-plagued update to the state’s toll road system, and issues that have bedeviled a SunPass contractor since last June still haven’t been completely worked out. As the last invoices were being readied, the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee got an update on the Sunpass debacle .

  • Posted on 08 Feb 2019

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    Governor Orders Revamp Of Florida Education Standards

    Governor Ron DeSantis says he wants to get rid of all remnants of Common Core standards in Florida’s public schools. At a high school in Cape Coral Thursday, DeSantis gave his newly appointed education commissioner some marching orders. “We are doing an executive order that is going to instruct Commissioner Corcoran to get to work and come up with good standards for the state of Florida which will include eliminating Common Core and the vestiges of Common Core,” DeSantis said. Common Core standards provide benchmarks for what students should learn in math and English by the end of each grade. Five years ago, Republican leaders made some changes to the benchmarks and dumped the name Common Core, opting instead for Florida Standards.

  • Posted on 04 Feb 2019

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