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29 May 2017

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: 05-19-2017

    Florida’s charter schools have emerged as winners from the legislative session. The schools have won long-fought battles over local revenue, and where and how they can expand. But even supporters say some of those victories are likely to end up in court. And Governor Scott is under pressure to veto those policies, and the education budget. Lynn Hatter reports. This week Governor Rick Scott handed State Senate President Joe Negron a big win, by signing Senate Bill 10. That clears the way for a one-point-two billion dollar reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Everglades Foundation CEO Erick Eikenberg spoke with Florida Public Radio’s Jim Ash about the significance of the project and what happens next. The medical marijuana industry is lurching forward as lawmakers consider whether and how to call a special session. Nick Evans has more. The Florida legislature directed funding toward water projects instead of land conservation this year. But environmental groups complain that the state has

  • Posted on 22 May 2017

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    Capital Report: 05-12-2017

    The conviction on 18 charges of former Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown has shocked the city and is causing deep racial divisions. The Florida Legislature has passed its budget and gone home. But the manner in which lawmakers closed out this year’s session raises a number of questions about process, special session, and the veto pen. Nick Evans has more. Florida lawmakers have carved out $50 million to shore up the state's beaches, the largest appropriation in a decade. But Kate Payne reports some conservationists were hoping for more changes to how the state preserves its coastline. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just left an Arctic Council meeting in Anchorage without saying whether the U.S. will pull out of the Paris accords. But activists say Florida should be worried about the latest reports on the loss of sea ice and permafrost. Jim Ash has more. Florida hospitals are intently watching the negotiations between the state and federal government over health care funding.

  • Posted on 13 May 2017

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    Capital Report: 05-05-2017

    After much wrangling, wringing of hands and backroom negotiating, the leaders of the Florida House and Senate finally announced an $83-billion state budget compromise last night. The single largest impediment to reaching that compromise was the money the state provides safety-net hospitals to cover the cost of providing health care to those on Medicaid or those without any health coverage at all. To find out what happened during that discussion at the highest levels of the Legislature, we spoke to Michael Auslen. He’s a reporter with the combined capital bureau of the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald. Florida lawmakers are on track to vote on the budget Monday. That makes today (Friday) the last chance for them to get the remaining bills passed. Kate Payne has this rundown of the Senate’s 11 th hour deliberations. Florida lawmakers were cracking down on the synthetic opioid fentanyl today (Friday). Legislation ramping up punishment for its possession is now headed to Governor Scott as

  • Posted on 06 May 2017

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    Capital Report: 05-04-2017

    Nick Evans returns from the Capitol to report that budget talks between House and Senate negotiators aren’t quite ready for prime time. Employer groups are threatening to bolt and trial lawyers are in open revolt as lawmakers spend the final days of the 2017 session haggling over workers’ compensation reforms. Jim Ash has more. There’s only 1 day left for lawmakers to decide what the state of testing will be in Florida’s public schools. Lynn Hatter reports on the circumstances of what is now the last remaining vehicle for big education changes. Florida lawmakers want to make it easier for parents and residents to challenge school textbooks. Depending on who you ask, the bill is a slippery slope towards book burning, or a step towards community control. But Kate Payne reports with just days left in the Session, lawmakers face a tight deadline to pass the measure. After Florida lawmakers called off talks for a major gambling overhaul, some are looking for new avenues to get their

  • Posted on 05 May 2017

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    Capital Report: 05-03-2017

    The Florida Legislature wasn’t able to get it done on time, but leaders are nearing the finish line for the coming fiscal year’s budget. Nick Evans reports drafters closed out numerous portions of the spending plan Wednesday after days of behind the scenes negotiations. Florida lawmakers have a budget. But that’s come at the cost of a process that has in recent years, been a lot more transparent than it is now. Lawmakers have struck deals largely in secret, seemingly backtracking on House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s promise that this would be the most transparent process in legislative history. Lynn Hatter reports. Lawmakers have folded and left the table when it comes to passing a comprehensive gambling overhaul bill this legislative session. Regan McCarthy reports Scores of bills are dead or dying as lawmakers bring the 2017 session to a bumpy conclusion. Ironically, the casualties include a measure that would have given the Legislature the power to impeach prosecutors and public

  • Posted on 04 May 2017

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