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Democrats clamping down on voucher bill

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida A sweeping expansion of the state's de facto voucher program is headed to the House floor after getting a thumbs up from the only education committee to take up the measure. The House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee approved the proposal --- [...]

Florida Senate Session for March 11, reconvenes March 20

Florida Senate Session for March 11, reconvenes March 20

CONVENED: The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, presiding. MOMENT OF SILENCE: Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, asked for a moment of silence for Ryan Uhre, a legislative intern who died last month in Tallahassee. PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE FOLLOWED: [...]

Voucher bill gets backing down party-lines

Voucher bill gets backing down party-lines

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida A sweeping overhaul of the state's de facto school-voucher system was approved Thursday by a House subcommittee on a party-line vote, a sign of the friction the proposal could cause as it moves through the Legislature. The Finance and Tax [...]

‘Dreamer’ can’t be admitted to the Bar, Court rules

‘Dreamer’ can’t be admitted to the Bar, Court rules

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida The Florida Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday that undocumented immigrants cannot be admitted to The Florida Bar, calling on the Legislature to change state law to allow so-called "Dreamers" to become attorneys. Jose Godinez-Samperio, who [...]

Florida House panel: Not all marijuana the same

Florida House panel: Not all marijuana the same

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida With just one "no" vote, a Florida House panel signed off on a measure Wednesday that would legalize a strain of non-euphoric marijuana used to treat children wracked by potentially deadly seizures. House Criminal Justice Chairman Matt Gaetz, the [...]

Home Stretch for Florida Legislature committee meeting

Home Stretch for Florida Legislature committee meeting

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida Before lawmakers returned to their districts for the last week before the 2014 legislative session begins, they capped off a week of discussions about living arrangements and homecomings. A rule outlining how to figure out where a legislator [...]

Florida Senate split on in-state tuition for immigrants, according to Gaetz

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida Senate President Don Gaetz on Friday left open the possibility that the Legislature could approve giving undocumented immigrants in-state tuition rates, a priority of House Speaker Will Weatherford. Saying he personally opposes the idea and would vote [...]

Gaetz supports repealing red light cameras

Gaetz supports repealing red light cameras

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, are no fans of red-light cameras --- that much is clear. Echoing comments by the speaker, Gaetz said in a televised interview last week that he would support repealing the state's red-light camera law. [...]

Weekly State Politics Roundup: Pension, Red-Light, Marijuana Proposals Fly

Weekly State Politics Roundup: Pension, Red-Light, Marijuana Proposals Fly

By Brandon Larrabee Lawmakers seemed to be drawing closer this week to giving a green light to a limited form of medical marijuana, while some of them complained that red-light cameras were spreading across the state like weeds. With the Legislature going through its next-to-last week of [...]

INYR: Interview with Rep. Matt Gaetz

INYR: Interview with Rep. Matt Gaetz

On IN Your Head Radio today, I interviewed State Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Ft. Walton Beach) on his bill that would legalize a strain of cannabis (Charlotte's Web) that will help children battling severe seizures. He also shared his strategy for getting the support for the bill, or any bill, from his [...]

The green light for Charlotte’s Web is definitely on

The green light for Charlotte’s Web is definitely on

On Monday, I reported that Rep Matt Gaetz's bill to legalize Charlotte's Web, the strain of cannabis that helps children deal with extreme seizure, had been given the "green light" and would mostly pass. Yesterday, I posted a companion bill would be posted in the Florida Senate. Today I got this [...]

Public employee pension battle renewed

Public employee pension battle renewed

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida A Senate measure dramatically overhauling the pension plans for many future public employees has been introduced, setting off a highly anticipated election-year fight between unions and Republican legislative leaders. The bill (SPB 7046), which [...]

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