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Breaking News: Legislature won’t appeal redistricting map ruling

Breaking News: Legislature won’t appeal redistricting map ruling

House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz said this morning the Legislature does not plan to appeal a judge's ruling that struck down the state's congressional map drawn in 2012. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis last week issued the ruling based on the anti-gerrymandering [...]

Gaetz touts FY 2014-15 state budget

Gaetz touts FY 2014-15 state budget

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the state’s FY 2014-2015 budget which makes substantial investments in Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington Counties in Northwest Florida. Niceville Republican Don Gaetz, who was serving as president of the Senate [...]

Trial puts redistricting under microscope

Trial puts redistricting under microscope

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida A high-stakes trial that could decide the future of the state's congressional districts began Monday in Tallahassee, as a Republican political consultant testified that he didn't influence the drawing of U.S. House lines in 2012. The testimony [...]

Gaetz: Northwest Florida Fares Well In State Budget

Gaetz: Northwest Florida Fares Well In State Budget

Northwest Florida priorities were big winners in the state’s budget approved Friday by the Florida Legislature. Often the stepchild to a state government that tends to look east and south, the Panhandle fared especially well during the final year of Niceville Republican Don Gaetz’s presidency [...]

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. [...]

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