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Matt Gaetz

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House Speaker: “Lights Are Out” On Gambling

House Speaker Will Weatherford put a lid on any gambling legislation this session, including a proposal backed by the Senate’s first family that would require tracks to report greyhound injuries and deaths.

04/09/2014

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Hurricane Sales Tax Period Gains Strength In Florida House

A proposal that would allow people to avoid sales taxes while stocking up on storm gear at the start of hurricane season continues to gain strength in the House.

CBS Miami–03/19/2014

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House Panel: Not All Medical Marijuana The Same

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.

03/05/2014

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Florida House To Vote On “Stand Your Ground” Repeal

The state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law has been a widely discussed, even protested law–especially so after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges in July for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. On Thursday, the state’s Republican-controlled House is expected to keep intact the state’s law.

11/06/2013

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Sheriff’s Assoc. Stands By “Stand Your Ground” Law

Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” law has received support from the Florida Sheriffs Association.

08/11/2013

Will Weatherford (Source: CBS4)

Florida House Will Hold Hearing On “Stand Your Ground” Law

Even though the chairman clearly stated he doesn’t intent to support any changes to “stand your ground” law, the Florida House has planned to hold a subcommittee hearing later this year to address the state’s controversial law.

08/02/2013

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House Passes Bill That OKs In-State Tuition For Citizen Kids Of Immigrants

On Friday, the House approved a bill that would guarantee in-state tuition rates for children who are U.S. citizens but whose parents are undocumented immigrants.

CBS4–04/12/2013

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Bill To End Death Penalty Dies In House

An effort to abolish the death penalty failed to pass a House committee vote Thursday.

CBS4–02/08/2013

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New Bill Takes On Sex Trafficking At Massage Parlors

In August, an undercover detective was offered oral sex by an unlicensed masseuse at a Hollywood massage parlor. On Wednesday, Florida legislators took the first step toward banning these parlors from operating during overnight hours.

CBS4–01/17/2013