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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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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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Of what is happening in the Florida State Legislation.

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The episodes are informative, well produced, and presented in a pleasant easy to listen format. Floridians are very fortunate to have this resource in podcast form!

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By ZackOconner1981 - Mar 11 2019
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Of what is happening in the Florida State Legislation.

Keeps me in the know!

By Coral She-V - Mar 08 2018
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The episodes are informative, well produced, and presented in a pleasant easy to listen format. Floridians are very fortunate to have this resource in podcast form!

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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: 12-06-2019

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An active shooter and three victims are dead after gunfire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola early this (Friday) morning, with at least 11 others treated at Baptist and Sacred Heart Hospitals in Pensacola. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports. Gun Safety advocates say more needs to be done to prevent mass shootings. But some say their proposals could be hard to enforce. Robbie Gaffney reports. George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of shooting and killing black teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, is now suing members of the Martin family and their attorney Ben Crump. Ryan Dailey has the story. Florida’s clemency process has faced criticism for being harsh, laborious, and too slow. In a 2018 a judge ruled it unconstitutional. But the state appealed the ruling and the court granted a stay – meaning the process hasn’t changed. Now the only Democrat on the clemency board says things are getting worse. Blaise Gainey has the story. Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation finally has a leader. OFR has

Dec 06 2019

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Capital Report: 11-29-2019

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is calling the 2020 legislative session the ‘Year of the Teacher.’ DeSantis recently rolled out his budget asks. Ryan Dailey has more on the requests, and the reaction from the statewide teachers’ union. Governor Ron DeSantis’ proposed budget would fully fund Florida’s two affordable housing programs. He is recommending that all $387-million be used for housing needs. The Florida Legislature created the affordable housing programs in 1992 by raising the documentary stamp tax on real estate transactions. The money is supposed to be split between the Apartment Incentive Loan Program – known as SAIL - and the Housing Initiative Partnership Program – known as SHIP. But the money often gets sent elsewhere. Gina Jordan talked with Florida Housing Finance Corporation Executive Director Trey Price about what it means to fully fund these programs. Backers of a state constitutional amendment proposal are trying to make it harder for the document to be changed. The

Nov 29 2019

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Capital Report: 11-22-2019

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Sunshine State lawmakers are looking into a revamp of the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for low-level drug users. Some say the move could save the state money and cut down on recidivism. Others argue the current system works as a deterrent and helps to keep crime at bay. Regan McCarthy has more…. Ahead of the 2020 election, a federal judge in Florida ruled against a 70-year-old law placing the party controlling the governor’s mansion first on ballots. Ryan Dailey spoke with a professor of constitutional law who breaks down the ruling. Activists want Florida to be the 16 th state to ban conversion therapy. The practice is known for trying to change someone from gay to straight. Awareness of LGBTQ issues is on the rise, however, the community is still not widely accepted. Robbie Gaffney reports in Florida—the clash is apparent. Hate crimes have been a growing concern in recent years. The FBI’s most recent data, for 2018, shows a small dip in Florida – but it follows

Nov 22 2019

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Capital Report: 11-15-2019

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In the upcoming months state lawmakers will grapple with a decision: how to stabilize the budget of one of Florida’s healthcare agencies. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities has run deficits in most years since it was created in the early 2000’s. Lawmakers have become increasingly frustrated about constantly having to backfill those deficits. But Lynn Hatter reports advocates are concerned over which chamber will get final say over how the agency moves forward. Twenty nine people in the Panhandle were indicted on Friday for profiting from a federal drought assistance program. W-F-S-U’s Valerie Crowder reports the alleged criminal network included nine government employees… A proposed interstate agreement that would create a true popular vote election is moving across the nation. This week, one of the plan’s original authors talked with state lawmakers during a lunch and learn event. Ryan Dailey heard from Vik Amar about the idea he hatched nearly two decades ago. Toxic red tide

Nov 15 2019

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Capital Report: 11-08-2019

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While separate citizen proposals to legalize recreational marijuana struggle to gather signatures in Florida, some state lawmakers learned that at least one state that has already adopted that course – namely Oregon – is seeing some downsides. More from Tom Flanigan. Citing what they say is a tremendous public and private cost to Floridians from divorce, two Republican state legislators want to create a “Florida Guide to Healthy Marriages.” Ryan Dailey has the details on a bill filed for the coming session. A judge appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week (last week) in the so called Tri-State Water Wars. The case stems from a fight over how Florida, Georgia, and Alabama should share the water flowing down into the Apalachicola River. Regan McCarthy looks into some of the history of the fight and what’s likely next. As more police officers and firefighters come forward to talk about mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder, departments are struggling to

Nov 08 2019

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Capital Report: 11-04-2019

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Earlier this year, it was confirmed voting systems in two Florida counties had been hacked during the 2016 election. Tom Flanigan reports state and federal authorities have announced new safeguards to prevent that happening in 2020. When he took office, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis set his sights on weeding out common core in K-12 education. Now, the governor says its replacement standards will be rolled out soon. Ryan Dailey reports in the meantime, ‘the Nation’s Report Card’ shows reading proficiency in the state has fallen in the past two years. Florida is near the bottom in the nation when it comes to teacher pay. Governor Ron DeSantis wants to change that by raising the base salary. But the state’s largest teacher union says the governor’s plans don’t go far enough. Blaise Gainey has the story. NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast recently celebrated its fourth anniversary, and the radio show is now two years old. We regularly hear the host, Shankar Vedantam (SHAHNker veh-DAHN-tum), on

Nov 01 2019

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Capital Report: 10-25-2019

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Scott Israel’s lawyer argued against last minute introductions of new materials that show the Broward Sheriffs department lost its accreditation following Parkland, and that the department’s union voted no-confidence in Israel. Still, the former sheriff’s ouster may not be permanent. Israel has announced plans to run for re-election. And Gov. Ron DeSantis says if Israel wins, he won’t suspend him again. Florida Public Media station WLRN has been closely following the case. The station’s Caitie Switalski and Christine DiMattei discuss the developments. Under a potential law, teens in Florida would need consent from their parents to get an abortion. Abortion-rights advocates gave lawmakers an earful Tuesday. Robbie Gaffney has more. For 25 years, Barbara Petersen has served as president of the First Amendment Foundation. She’s been on a continuous quest to keep government dealings in the sunshine and hold lawmakers accountable when they withhold records from the public. She’s retiring

Oct 25 2019

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Another Prominent Florida Republican Pushes Lawmakers To Plan For Climate Change

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More evidence of a shift in thinking arose this week among Florida’s Republican leaders when it comes to climate change. A Senate committee held a panel discussion focused on climate change forecasts and how state agencies should prepare. Three words that were largely kept under wraps by legislative leadership before the last election quickly emerged during the meeting: sea level rise.

Oct 18 2019

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Capital Report: 10-18-2019

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When a person undergoing cancer treatment dies Florida law allows their sealed, unused medications to be donated. But some say that practice shouldn’t be limited to cancer medicine only. Regan McCarthy reports a bill filed for the upcoming legislative session would create a prescription drug donation repository. There’s a chance Florida voters will be presented with a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational marijuana on the 2020 ballot. This week, Florida House committees heard from a Harvard Psychobiologist who warns of legalizing the plant, and from the nation’s first state “pot czar.” More evidence of a shift in thinking arose this week among Florida’s Republican leaders when it comes to climate change. Gina Jordan reports a Senate committee held a panel discussion focused on climate change forecasts and how state agencies should prepare. The Florida Department of Corrections is asking state legislators to increase its budget so it can address long-standing issues with the

Oct 18 2019

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Capital Report: 10-11-2019

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Following Hurricane Michael’s destructive path through Florida’s panhandle, headlines painted a grim future for timber, a major industry in the region. The losses were huge – valued at $1.3 billion dollars. Yet not all was lost. And Ryan Dailey reports some lumber and paper mills in the region are still going strong. Greenwood, Florida’s only grocery store caught fire after Hurricane Michael. A year after the storm, it still hasn’t been replaced. Robbie Gaffney reports the residents of Greenwood are banding together to assist elderly and low-income residents who can’t travel to find fresh food.​ Hurricane Michael left much of Northwest Florida looking like a war zone. Gina Jordan reports that explains why so many of the area’s children now show symptoms similar to those of combat veterans. Governor Ron DeSantis is backing pay raises for teachers. But that comes with quite a few caveats. And Lynn Hatter reports while that’s something teachers themselves have lobbied for, for years, it’s

Oct 11 2019

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Capital Report: 10-04-2019

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At least 90 percent of structures in Panama City were damaged in Hurricane Michael. One year later, city officials are about to resume code enforcement actions. Valerie Crowder reports residential property owners say they’re ready for the city to begin cracking down on neglected lots that pose a health and safety hazard to their neighborhoods… Last year, after Hurricane Michael wrought havoc in the Panhandle, school officials began raising concerns about an emergent mental health crisis among students. Bay County Superintendent Bill Hussfelt said in the 6 months following the storm, 50 kids had been involuntarily held for mental health treatment through the Baker Act. But Regan McCarthy reports in the first two months of this school year, 50 students have already been institutionally committed. Not all of the drama in Tallahassee happens at the Capitol. For the past week, a suspected murder-for-hire case has been tried across the street at the Leon County Courthouse. At issue is the

Oct 04 2019

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Capital Report: 09-27-2019

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A Florida appeals court has rejected a constitutional challenge against the state’s Red Flag law. The policy lets law enforcement officers temporarily remove guns from the homes of people who are seen as a threat to themselves or others. Now, as Regan McCarthy reports some state lawmakers are looking into an expansion of the rule, while other have filed for a repeal. Could Florida teachers get a long awaited raise next year? Governor Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, and Senate Budget Chief Rob Bradley have all discussed it. And the state’s largest teacher’s union is calling for it. But as Lynn Hatter reports, there are plenty of questions about how and whether teachers will get anything. A special session has been called for the Florida Senate, to weigh the reinstatement or permanent removal of suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Ryan Dailey reports a senate special master is recommending Israel’s reinstatement, amid Governor Ron DeSantis’ ongoing push

Sep 27 2019

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Florida Lawmakers Consider Link Between Mass Violence, Guns, And Mental Health

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The Florida Legislature has wrapped up its first week of meetings ahead of the regular session that begins in January. Lawmakers took time during their first Committee Week to consider the causes of mass violence and how mental illness could play a part. Those discussions came amid a request for more mental health funding for schools.

Sep 23 2019

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Capital Report: 09-20-2019

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When it comes to the preferred weapons of choice for mass shooters, AR-15 style rifles are high on the list. Variants of the AR-15 were used by gunmen at the Las Vegas Harvest music festival shooting, as well as the Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shootings. That gun has taken much of the blame for lost lives, and is itself the target of proposed gun bans across America. Blaise Gainey has more. Lawmakers took some time this week to consider the causes of mass violence -- and how mental illness could play a part. Gina Jordan says the discussions came amid a request for more mental health funding for schools. The state of Florida is refining draft rules for its hemp program, which officials expect to become a multi-million dollar business within a year. Ryan Dailey reports. It’s taking residents in the Panhandle longer to recover after Hurricane Michael than it typically takes after a hurricane hits Florida. That’s something the state’s chief economist says lawmakers

Sep 20 2019

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Capital Report: 09-13-2019

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A proposed Florida assault weapons ban would prohibit all semi-automatic shotguns and rifles that are capable of holding more than 10 rounds. State economists say that would affect around 71 percent of rifles and half of shotguns. Charlie Strickland, CEO of Tallahassee-based Talon Training Group, says it would leave a gaping exit wound in business. Capital Reporter Blaise Gainey spoke with Strickland to find out exactly how. In recent weeks a common theme has emerged from two of Florida’s top education leaders: Addressing equity in education. Lynn Hatter sat down with Fed Ingram, President of the state’s largest teachers union, the Florida Education Association. She also spoke with Doug Tuthill, President of the biggest corporate tax scholarship program, Step Up for Students to discuss the issue. For people usually on different sides of education policy, both are deeply invested in promoting equity in public education. But what does equity look like? Here’s part of those conversations.

Sep 13 2019

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Capital Report: 09-06-2019

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Floridians are no stranger to hurricanes. But for nearly a decade the state saw no direct landfall from a tropical cyclone. Now after consecutive years of major hurricanes, some citizens seem to have a kneejerk reaction when a storm system nears. That added to the intensity of recent storms has some questioning the accuracy of storm path projections. But as Blaise Gainey reports meteorologists say their technology is working better than ever. Commissioners in coastal Wakulla County are asking North Florida Legislators for the funds to build a more secure hurricane shelter. Ryan Dailey reports the shelters it has in place can only withstand up to a Category 3 storm. Jessica Bakeman from WLRN in Miami talked about storm induced school closure decisions with Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie following the close call from Hurricane Dorian. As mass shootings continue to rock the country, Florida lawmakers say more needs to be done to ensure students are safe. For some that

Sep 06 2019

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Capital Report: 08-30-2019

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With the number of prisoners requiring mental health treatment on the rise, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is asking stakeholders to weigh in on possible solutions. Regan McCarthy has more…. A proposed amendment to Florida’s constitution would deregulate and open up competition for investor-owned utility companies. This week, attorneys for the amendment’s backers faced tough questions from the Florida Supreme Court about its ballot language. Brian Armstrong is an attorney who has decades of experience representing utilities, not only in Florida, but in New York and New Jersey. He spoke with Ryan Dailey about what’s dubbed the Florida Energy Choice initiative. The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the constitutionality of a law that allows certain felons to vote, but requires them to pay any fees associated with their sentence first. Critics call the new rule a poll tax. But the bill’s author argues he simply followed the language voters approved in a 2018 amendment.

Aug 30 2019

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Capital Report: 08-23-2019

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Florida lawmakers have until Tuesday (Aug. 27) to say whether they support a special session on firearms legislation. Democrats have called for the move, but 60 percent of the lawmakers in both chambers would have to back it—an unlikely outcome in the state’s GOP controlled legislature. Regan McCarthy has more…. Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran isn’t shy about his support for charter schools and the state’s private school voucher program. He championed school choice policies during his stint in the legislature. But his placement as chief of the state’s education system, is beginning to worry public school leaders. Recent comments about the future of public education has raised alarm bells for supporters of traditional public schools. Lynn Hatter reports. Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing some felons to regain the right to vote. Early estimates predicted nearly 1.5 million felons would qualify. A new law regarding the amendment cuts that figure

Aug 26 2019

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Capital Report: 08-16-2019

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Earlier in the month the state’s financial impact estimating group struggled to define certain portions of a constitutional amendment petition that would ban assault weapons. Friday the group met again, this time they invited the petition sponsor Ban Assault Weapons Now and others to help clarify portions of the amendment. Blaise Gainey has the details. Pensacola Republican Representative Mike Hill wants to repeal gun safety legislation passed by lawmakers after the deadly school shooting last year in Parkland Florida. He says the measures, including a state ban on bump stocks, and a provision raising the age to purchase a rifle violate the second amendment. He also says firearms aren’t the cause of mass shootings. Regan McCarthy has more….. The U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Northern District says he’s willing to review and prosecute marijuana cases that the state attorney will not. Ryan Dailey reports the move comes after State Attorney Jack Campbell said last month he's pressing pause

Aug 16 2019

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Capital Report: 08-09-2019

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As students across the state prepare to head back to school, ensuring their safety in the classroom is top of mind for teachers, administrators, law enforcement and state leaders. Regan McCarthy has more…. Currently, the state Department of Education does not keep a complete database of all substitute teachers in the state. But Ryan Dailey reports one violent tragedy in Tallahassee last year has raised concerns, and a push for better record-keeping at the state level. 10 months after Hurricane Michael communities in the Big Bend are still struggling to recover. But in the small city of Port St. Joe, big changes are coming and not everyone is on board. Robbie Gaffney has more. After Hurricane Michael ripped through the panhandle last year it left much of the area battered and beaten. One of the most impacted counties is Bay, where Tyndall Air Force Base is located. The base suffered nearly $5 billion dollars in damage. But officials at the base used the disaster as a chance to rebuild

Aug 09 2019

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