Nick Evans

Nick Evans is a masters student in communications at Florida State University.  Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years.  He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan.  When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.

A measure placing gambling warnings on Florida lottery tickets is heading for the House floor.

The infusion of 1.5 billion dollars in the state budget to help cover health care for low income Floridians could go a long way toward bridging the divide between the House and Senate spending plans. 

Senate Democrats are huddling to discuss proposed changes to nursing home funding.  Nick Evans reports the chamber’s spending plan alters the way Medicaid dollars flow to facilities.

The Florida House is forging ahead with a measure funneling millions of dollars to a pregnancy support organization that opposes abortion.  The move could sideline Planned Parenthood.

The ball appears to finally be rolling for medical marijuana in the Florida legislature.  After tacking on a handful of amendments, legislation is advancing in the state Senate.

Senators spent Wednesday afternoon kicking the tires on a medical marijuana proposal backed by Fleming Island Republican Rob Bradley.

This week lawmakers begin untangling their ideas for medical cannabis.  State senators have proposed five different measures.

The House is advancing a measure making it easier for patients to access hospice care. 

The Florida Supreme Court is considering three capital cases after oral arguments in the past week.  Meanwhile the House and Senate are moving ahead with death penalty fixes.

State lawmakers will consider a raft of gun bills this session primarily aimed at expanding rights.  But one representative is focused on making it easier to get firearms out of abusive households.

The Everglades Foundation is touting the economic benefits of water storage south of Lake Okeechobee.

Florida lawmakers seem likely to approve unanimous jury sentences for death penalty cases in the opening weeks of this year’s legislative session.  But some warn there could be another crisis around the corner.

State lawmakers are advancing a measure giving women the opportunity to sue over physical or emotional injuries from an abortion.

The Department of Health spent a week touring the state to get feedback on their draft rule for Amendment Two.  The department’s cautious approach for implementing the medical cannabis initiative is raising the ire of would be patients.

The Department of Health is spending the week on the road—taking comment on new rules for the medical cannabis industry.

Senate Criminal Justice Chairman Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) wants a more permanent death penalty fix.  But his committee has little interest in revisiting such a contentious issue.

The Senate has a new, competing proposal for implementing amendment two.  The proposal throws out Florida’s current medical marijuana statutes and starts over.

Florida is on the cusp of joining nearly every other death penalty state in requiring a unanimous jury sentence.

One of the most contentious elements in Florida’s medical cannabis industry is who gets to grow and sell the drug.  Lawmakers approved a limited number of companies to ensure security, but now some see the state’s seven growers as a cartel.

The Florida Department of Health and a Republican state senator are offering drastically different visions for the future of medical cannabis in the state.  It could set the stage for a contentious rollout of last year’s Amendment Two.

The Florida Legislature is preparing its response to a state Supreme Court decision requiring unanimous jury decisions for the death penalty.

A Florida Republican has filed a measure prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.  The proposal is part of a larger trend of so-called fetal pain legislation.

Shootings in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando haven’t dampened one lawmaker’s support for less restrictive gun policy.

While state officials debate the best regulatory framework for medical marijuana in Florida, a more practical challenge may be on the horizon.  The current list of doctors may not be enough to meet the demand of an expanding pool of patients.

A new report from legislative researchers could spell more bad news for Enterprise Florida.  Analysts say the agency is lagging behind similar programs in other states.

New medical marijuana provisions are in effect as of today.  The change expands the range of eligible conditions and patients in Florida.  But as the Department of Health develops new regulations, it could find itself between a rock and a hard place.

The Tallahassee City Commission voted Wednesday night to advance a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

A strong majority of Florida’s voters came together behind a constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana.  Now Florida’s lawmakers have to come together to roll out the changes.

State regulators are assuring Floridians their drinking water is safe in the wake of a sinkhole at a Polk county fertilizer plant.  But the agency’s response is raising other concerns.

If the past is any guide, the road ahead could be challenging for Florida’s medical marijuana amendment.  But some lawmakers are optimistic.

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