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Matt Gaetz

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Study: Florida Leads Nation In Inmates Who “Max Out” Sentences

A new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds Florida leading the nation in inmates who “max out” their sentences — serving 100 percent of their time and being released with no supervision beyond the prison gates.

06/04/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Lawsuit Accuses FDOT Of Withholding Public Records

Acting in his capacity as a litigator and not as a legislator, Rep. Matt Gaetz is accusing state transportation officials of stonewalling on a public records request made by a client seeking information about potentially dangerous guardrails.

05/20/2014

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FL House Backs Stadium Process, Seeks Help For Cuban Baseball Players

The House on Friday approved a process to help determine whether to use tax dollars for professional sports stadium projects but would exclude Major League Baseball from potential funding unless changes are made in how Cuban players are treated.

04/25/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Pot, Stadiums, Trauma All Trade Bait?

The volume on the fourth floor outside the House and Senate chambers is reaching a crescendo. Lobbyists are jockeying for positions in front of the chamber doors as lawmakers emerge for quick pow-wows. It’s all part of the last-minute frenzy as, in the words of powerful Sen. John Thrasher, “bills are dying.”

04/23/2014

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Scott Administration Wants More Restrictions On Marijuana Proposal

Gov. Rick Scott and his surgeon general are balking at a proposal headed to the House floor that would open the door for a strain of marijuana that doesn’t get users high but is believed to dramatically reduce seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy.

04/21/2014

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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

A bowl of medicinal marijuana is displayed in a booth at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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

Florida Legislature. (Source: AP)

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

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