State Capital Breifs: Friday, January 19, 2018
STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS (EVENING EDITION): FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018
January 19, 2018NSF Staff
SCOTT SETS EXECUTION IN MURDER OF COLLEGE STUDENT

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday scheduled a Feb. 22 execution for Death Row inmate Eric Scott Branch, who was convicted of murdering a University of West Florida student in 1993.

GILLUM PROPOSES HIGHER CORPORATE TAXES FOR EDUCATION

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum offered a plan Friday to increase education funding by raising the state’s corporate income tax. Calling it the “Fair Share for Florida’s Future” plan, Gillum would increase the corporate-income tax rate from 5.5 percent to 7.75 percent.

VICTIMS’ RIGHTS MEASURE GETS BACKING FROM PANEL

A proposal to expand the rights of crime victims in the state Constitution was approved Friday by a committee of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. The Declaration of Rights Committee approved a measure (Proposal 96), sponsored by Commissioner Tim Cerio of Tallahassee, that would “ensure crime victims’ rights and interests are respected and protected by law in a manner no less vigorous than protections afforded to criminal defendants.”