Capital Report: 10-02-2015

Oct 5, 2015
Originally published on October 2, 2015 6:24 pm

Governor Rick Scott is pushing for greater healthcare cost transparency in hospitals. Lynn Hatter reports the move comes as Florida faces the loss of more federal health care funding next year, and growing concerns about the state’s healthcare costs.

President Barack Obama has his foreign policy objectives, and Florida has its. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is leaning on the Florida Legislature to strengthen the state’s economic sanctions against Iran just as Obama prepares to lift America’s trade restrictions against the Mid-eastern nation. Jim Ash has more.

Florida’s first bear hunt in decades is scheduled to start near the end of October. It’s a move wildlife officials say will help to control the animal’s population. But Regan McCarthy reports activists allege in a court case, the hunt is evidence the agency is failing to follow its duty under the state constitution to protect wildlife.

The Florida Cabinet as well as stakeholders involved in the issue are reviving a discussion about what should be done with the now defunct Dozier School for Boys, surrounded by allegations of abuse and deaths over the course of a century. Sascha Cordner reports.

This spring’s Florida Standards Assessment was plagued by technical glitches and some questions didn’t align with state standards. Florida’s accountability system uses the test results to determine school grades, teacher pay and student promotions but as Kate Payne reports, educators say it’s time to re-evaluate.

This July brought changes to Florida’s craft distilling industry.  New laws loosened regulations to allow more flexibility in person to person sales.  But as Nick Evans reports, some distillers hope those changes are just the first step.

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