Capital Report: 07-06-2018

Jul 6, 2018

Florida’s statewide teacher’s union is once again suing the legislature—this time over a new law that could directly impact its membership. Lynn Hatter reports it’s the latest in a line of lawsuits filed over the state’s education policies.

A new Florida law seeks to make it easier for people to get their mugshots removed from certain websites. As Sascha Cordner reports, it’s the only bill from the 2017 legislative session to take effect this month.

Florida’s 2019 lawmaking session is still eight months away.  But it’s not too early to start picking up on some hints as to the priorities the new legislative leadership might have in mind.  We get that story from AnnMarie Welser.

Even as many news media organizations face hard times, Tom Flanigan reports there’s a new online news service covering state government in Tallahassee.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar (AY-zahr) says the government will meet court deadlines to reunite children with their parents after being separated at the Southern border.

After public outcry, President Trump signed an executive order reversing the policy, saying families will now be detained together.

A federal judge in California has ordered the youngest children be reunited by Tuesday and the rest before the end of the month. 

Neil Rambana [ram-BANN-uh] is an immigration attorney with the law firm Rambana and Ricci [RICH-ee] in Tallahassee. He told Florida Public Radio’s Gina Jordan he doubts the government will meet those court-ordered deadlines.

If you don’t live near the coast, the fact that the seas are rising may not be among your top-ten concerns.  As we hear from Kate Stein at member station WLRN in Miami, Galen Treuer (GAY-len TROY-er) has an explanation for that.

A wildfire caused by a prescribed burn is a rare occurrence. Typically, scientists say controlled burns play a central role in preventing an out of control blaze, but as Regan McCarthy reports officials also admit they’re still learning how to manage and understand prescribed fires.