Don Gaetz http://blog.wlrn.org en Florida Senate President Considers Proposal To Legalize Marijuana Strain http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-senate-president-considers-proposal-legalize-marijuana-strain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Desperate pleas from parents of sick kids got the attention of legislative leaders in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee last week.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“We just need solutions quickly. We don’t have time. Time is not on our side,” said Seth Hyman from Weston. “Rebecca unfortunately could have a seizure today back in our hotel and die.”</p><p>“All the medications he’s on – it’s not a guarantee. He’s actually suicidal right now,” said Renee Petro from Uthia, talking about her son Branden. “He wants to kill himself. He’s 12.”</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:24:04 +0000 Gina Jordan 26506 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Senate President Considers Proposal To Legalize Marijuana Strain Senate President Don Gaetz Has Ethics, Voting Proposals To Take To Legislature http://blog.wlrn.org/post/senate-president-don-gaetz-has-ethics-voting-proposals-take-legislature <p></p><p>Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) is ready to toughen ethics laws, reform campaign finance, streamline the Florida ballot...just about every issue of timely significance, <a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-ed-don-gaetz-011513-20130114,0,4924243.story">he told the Orlando Sentinel editorial board</a>, except for gun control.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Rick Stone 7772 at http://blog.wlrn.org Senate President Don Gaetz Has Ethics, Voting Proposals To Take To Legislature Florida's 'Obvious' Voting Problem, The Long Ballot, May Have No Easy Fix http://blog.wlrn.org/post/floridas-obvious-voting-problem-long-ballot-may-have-no-easy-fix <p></p><p>When Gov. Rick Scott recently listed ways he thinks Florida could reduce voting difficulties and long polling lines, he drew the most attention for a change of course in suggesting that more early voting might help.</p><p>But another idea Scott raised may have more far-reaching implications for public policy in Florida, and might even be more difficult to accomplish than the politically volatile suggestion about early voting.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:09:29 +0000 David Royse 7472 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida's 'Obvious' Voting Problem, The Long Ballot, May Have No Easy Fix Why The Florida Senate Might Be Less Corrupt Soon http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-florida-senate-might-be-less-corrupt-soon <p>Florida Senate President Don Gaetz was sworn in Tuesday along with his plans to move ethics reform forward in the &nbsp;Legislature this year.</p><p>Gaetz&nbsp;has said in the past that he will make anti-corruption measures for state lawmakers a focus of his leadership in the Senate. In the past, bills aimed at passing ethics reform have failed in the Florida Senate.</p><p>Howevever, Gaetz has already made good on his promise to change ethics rules by changing some Florida Senate rules.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:15:06 +0000 Ashley Lopez 5071 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why The Florida Senate Might Be Less Corrupt Soon