Florida Matters: 2017 Legislative Preview

Florida Matters: 2017 Legislative Preview
Florida Matters: 2017 Legislative Preview

The azaleas are in bloom -- that means the legislative session in Tallahassee is just around the corner. What’s likely to happen, and how will it affect you?

This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring some proposals lawmakers are considering this session, and talking about the politics behind it all.

We take an in-depth look at the Florida Senate’s plan to bring sweeping changes to the state’s higher education system, known as the “Florida Excellence in Higher Education” Act.

We consider the potential effects of a bill that would repeal the state’s “Certificate of Need” law, which requires communities to get permission from regulators before they can open a new hospital or nursing home.

We learn about a bill that would set standards for how to swiftly notify the public about pollution, an issue that’s familiar to the Tampa Bay Area.

Our guest is William “Windy” March, political columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. We hear what he thinks are some of the major issues this year which include, among others, abortion rights, gun laws and the state budget.

Tune in to WUSF 89.7 Tuesday March 7 for our live coverage of Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State address. It’s expected to start at 11 a.m.

Starting March 13, Florida Public Radio stations will be highlighting key issues for the legislative session with stories and Facebook Live streams each day of the week.

Original Broadcast Date: 
02/28/17

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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