Capital ReportAuthor: ssafran@npr.org
21 Jul 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: 07-14-2017

    States across the country are struggling to hold off a rising tide of opioid abuse and Florida is no exception. But Nick Evans reports the return of harsh penalties for possession—a hallmark of the war on drugs—is frustrating a broad spectrum of advocates and officials. Manatee and Sarasota Counties have seen overdose deaths from drugs like heroin and fentanyl spike in the past few years. And at the same time, the number of children being removed from their homes and placed into foster care has increased dramatically. As Stephanie Colombini from member station WUSF reports, there's a connection there. A new report on how Florida handles young human trafficking victims is receiving mixed reviews. Sascha Cordner reports. One of Florida’s most experienced clemency case attorneys describes the current system and its massive case backlog. At the same time, as Tom Flanigan reports, a proposed constitutional amendment would grant automatic clemency to many non-violent felons. As lawmakers

  • Posted on 15 Jul 2017

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    Capital Report: 07-07-2017

    Federal funding that provides insurance for nearly 340,000 low-income Florida kids will expire in September unless Congress acts. Lynn Hatter has more. Local officials and cannabis advocates are chafing under Florida’s latest medical marijuana legislation. But Nick Evans reports they’re reacting to the new regime in different ways. The FBI is investigating Tallahassee’s community redevelopment agency, while questions of cronyism swirl around city hall. The state’s CRAs missed the chopping block this legislative session, despite previous reports of mismanagement. Kate Payne reports on how the agencies’ loose structure is fueling their current predicament. A Florida judge calls legislative changes to the state’s Stand Your Ground law unconstitutional. As both sides weigh in, Sascha Cordner reports on what statewide impact this could have on the controversial legislation. Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have reached a settlement deal over the tribe’s ability

  • Posted on 08 Jul 2017

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    Capital Report: 06-30-2017

    Prescription drug prices are the newest target in the fight over healthcare costs. Massive price hikes in common medications like EpiPens have raised questions about how prices are determined. Health insurance companies are blaming those cost on rising premiums and as Lynn Hatter reports, some patients say they’re having to ration their prescriptions. A 62-year old Jefferson County widow is living in a group home after her husband’s death led to a nervous breakdown and involuntary confinement. Meanwhile, her former legal guardian is behind bars until she accounts for $400,000 in missing cash, real estate and personal property. Advocates say it’s an example of a faulty system and, as Jim Ash reports, a warning flag for a rapidly aging Sunshine State. This Saturday more than 100 new laws go/went into effect in Florida. Regan McCarthy has more... Advocates are happy about a new law on the books slated to take effect Saturday to help protect kids within Florida’s child welfare system.

  • Posted on 01 Jul 2017

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    Capital Report: 06-23-2017

    Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham says the Legislature’s decision not to fund Florida Forever is a blatant violation of Amendment 1, the 2014 conservation amendment. As Jim Ash reports, Graham says the Legislature’s recent track record on complying with voter mandates has him thinking citizens’ initiatives need more teeth. The deadline is approaching for Florida’s governor to sign off on a bill aimed at tracking the use of addictive prescription drugs. Kate Payne reports some medical professionals see the measure as key to fighting the opioid epidemic. James Call, capital bureau chief for the Tallahassee Democrat, talks about how lingering animosities and unfinished business from the 2017 Florida Legislative Session could mean a contentious 2018 meeting of lawmakers. Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law that’s meant to be an update to the Victims of Wrongful Incarceration Act. The aim is to help exonerees have an easier time receiving compensation for a

  • Posted on 26 Jun 2017

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    Capital Report: 06-16-2017

    Governor Rick Scott has approved a new law requiring school districts to share some locally generated and federal funds with public schools. But the fight over the measure may not be over yet. Lynn Hatter reports. State workers are in for a raise after Governor Rick Scott approved a sweeping measure earlier this week [last week, but Nick Evans reports the pay bump comes with a tradeoff. Under a newly signed Florida law, Possession of just four grams of the synthetic drug fentanyl can land a person in jail for a minimum of 3 years. Regan McCarthy reports some are pushing back against the mandatory minimum sentence. But others claim it makes sense when one considers that that same amount—just four grams--is enough to kill a room full of people. Gun rights supporters as well as gun control advocates are declaring victory over this year’s Florida legislative session. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, they’re marking some disappointments as well. It’s been about a year since a gunman killed

  • Posted on 17 Jun 2017

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