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Capital Report
Saturday 8:30 p.m.

Reporters from public radio stations across the state bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business, or the arts, Capital Report provides information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians.

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Latest Episodes
  • On tonight’s program: An organization supporting transgender people in Tallahassee has gotten national attention; Governor DeSantis signs a bill into law ramping up penalties for interfering with law officers; Florida has a new law imposing harsher penalties on those convicted of retail theft; More and more Florida seniors are finding a place to live less and less affordable; The opioid crisis remains a crisis, although a Medicaid expansion in places like Florida is being touted as a powerful tool to help the fight; And some ancient Native American wisdom may be the best way to deal with some very modern problems.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida voters will decide the legality of abortion during the upcoming election; A recreational marijuana initiative likewise makes it to this November’s ballot, much to the delight of proponents; We talk with a third-party candidate for president who isn’t happy with the difficulty of qualifying to get on the Florida ballot; Florida’s new education commissioner is making sure that charter schools in one county are getting their share of funding. Even if that share was originally intended for traditional public schools; And while Florida is trying to lure more new manufacturing jobs to the state, some long-time production jobs in a rural North Florida county are disappearing forever.
  • On tonight’s program: A federal court says Florida’s redrawn North Florida congressional district is okay. But that doesn’t mean the matter is closed; Governor DeSantis signs the bill banning younger teens from accessing social media. And it looks like that’s not a done deal either; Disney and the State of Florida resolve at least one issue in their ongoing battle; Florida acts to ban synthesized meat. That battle is continuing; One of Florida’s U.S. Senators returns from Israel with strong criticism for the Biden administration; The state is helping businesses recruit employees amid an ongoing worker shortage; And some advocacy groups are pushing Florida to rejoin a system that is supposed to ensure no voters cast ballots in more than one state.
  • On tonight’s program: Governor DeSantis signs into law a bill forcing local governments to make sure the unhoused don’t wind up sleeping in public places; Floridians stuck in a health insurance coverage gap are turning to voters for help; A new Florida law pulls the plug on local bodies that deal with ethics violations by government officials; As debate continues about a ban on the social media site TikTok, it seems not everyone – even among young people – is necessarily a big fan; Is synthetic meat a powerful tool in the fight against hunger, or is it a threat to our traditional way of life?; And Certain Florida destinations love tourists EXCEPT for the ones who come during spring break.
  • On tonight's program: As the judicial system puts the brakes on Florida’s “Stop Woke Act,” Governor DeSantis insists the whole thing was taken out of context; Some institutions, however, including the state’s flagship university, are keeping at least some of the “anti-woke agenda” in place; During recent arguments on abortion before the state supreme court the chief justice has brought up the idea of fetal personhood; Governor DeSantis signs into law a bill to prevent undocumented immigrants from using local IDs to misrepresent their immigration status; State lawmakers kept up their drive to take more and more authority from local governments during the session that just ended; Florida's money managers are making plans to drop China-owned investments; And a proposed state land purchase has some residents of a rural North Florida county upset.
  • On tonight’s program: Florida’s 2024 Lawmaking Session comes to an end with the hope one result would be an increase in much needed health care personnel; This year’s session enacted a few serious reforms in such arenas as the Baker Act; Despite some protests, civilian run police oversight boards have been defanged by the Florida Legislature; At least one bill that got passed went through so many changes that everyone wound up liking it; Hemp stores around Florida may lose business under new legislation; Stores that sell vaping products could also be hard hit if the governor signs an anti-vaping bill; And last year, Governor DeSantis had all the clout when it came to getting things done in the Legislature. THIS year, a veteran Capital Reporter opines the power player was probably Senate President Kathleen Passidomo.
  • On tonight's program: Florida public schools will get a break when it comes to certain regulations as a result of several bills now headed to the governor's desk; More reliable funding for epilepsy services are now included in the new state budget; The Florida Legislature has passed a measure setting up designated mental health care teaching hospitals to help meet a troubling service provider shortage; The Florida Senate has declined to confirm Moms for Liberty co-founder Tina Deschovitz to the Florida Ethics Commission; And be polite to first responders or else! The Florida Legislature passes a bill that makes mouthing off to those folks a felony.
  • On tonight’s program: After much debate – and even a gubernatorial veto – Florida lawmakers have a modified version of a bill to restrict kids under the age of 14 from access to online social media platforms; Controversy continues over a measure that prohibits sleeping or camping on public property, except in special areas designated by and paid for municipalities; The Florida Board of Education would likely be tasked with developing an anti-communism curriculum for public school students from kindergarten to senior high school; And revenue from the gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida would help pay for environmental improvement projects under a bill now headed to the governor.
  • On tonight’s program: The Florida House and Senate have agreed on a single budget document worth around $117.5 billion, meaning lawmakers will be able to adjourn the 2024 Session on time Friday; Daylight remains between House and Senate on a bill to pre-empt local government authority to mandate water breaks for contract employees during hot weather; The Senate was expected today to approve a bill to ban sleeping in public places and require local governments to provide secure spaces with various amenities for unhoused people; And the initial legal showdown between Florida State University and the Atlantic Coast Conference is now on the calendar.
  • On tonight’s program: After Gov. DeSantis vetoed the most recent version of a bill restricting the access of younger teens to social media sites, lawmakers have come up with a compromise they hope will pass gubernatorial muster; The Florida House has passed a bill that bans undocumented immigrants from obtaining any type of official state identification card; And unanimously, the Florida Legislature has approved restitution for the surviving victims of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.