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Capital Report: February 13, 2024

Florida Governor Ron DeSanits is throwing his weight behind an effort to crack down on retail theft. Regan McCarthy reports the governor held a media event in Coral Gables Tuesday to highlight legislation that ups the penalties for shoplifters and porch pirates.

A bill moving rapidly in the Florida Legislature would ban civilian oversight of law enforcement or correctional officers. That oversight could still be conducted by county sheriffs or the police chiefs of municipal governments. As Margie Menzel reports, the measure is slated for a hearing tomorrow (Wed. Feb 14), and has its roots in a fight in Tallahassee.

The Florida House is set to consider legislation that will bring sweeping changes to the state’s Commission on Ethics. Tristan Wood has more.

Tomorrow is the 6th anniversary (Wed. Feb 14) of the school massacre in Parkland. For years, the National Rifle Association has served as a bulwark AGAINST gun regulations – as some analysts say gun violence has reached epidemic levels. For three decades, Wayne LaPierre led the NRA, and became one of the country’s most influential voices on gun policy. But his leadership has come to an end. WLRN’s Kate Payne reports that is thanks in part to the movement started by student survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.