Representative Matt Gaetz

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Some are urging caution about a new effort to legalize Charlotte’s Web, a small strain of marijuana aimed at helping a rare form of epilepsy that children have called Dravet Syndrome. Jorge Viera is a biomedical engineering professor at Florida International University.

“Even though there could be a very positive effect with the type of cannabinoid, this is something that requires personalized medicine. So, it needs to be discussed for each individual, and on the basis of a medical doctor.” 

Florida Channel

A huge goal of Florida lawmakers this year is to crack down on sexual predators who prey on children and the disabled. A couple of Senate panels earlier this week passed several measures, and one House committee took up another slew of bills aimed at clearing up loopholes in Florida’s current law and increase penalties in other areas for certain sex offenses.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A debate over delaying the start of the school day for Florida’s high school students is headed for the state Legislature this session. A bill filed by Panhandle Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) would prohibit high schools from starting earlier than 8 a.m.

Daily Kos

After a legislative bid to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law failed this week, the focus now turns to whether opponents of the existing law will now throw their weight behind a proposal aimed at tweaking the law.

Thursday’s five-hour hearing saw each side literally going back and forth between the pros and cons of Stand Your Ground. Law enforcement agencies opposed the repeal, including Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley.

Florida Channel

A bill aiming to repeal Stand Your Ground was rejected during an almost five-hour hearing Thursday.

Many spoke in favor and against repealing the law. Among those who testified during the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee meeting included the Dream Defenders and the National Rifle Association.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

On the eve of a vote on a bill that would repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, some House Democrats are split: Try to change the law or put an end to it altogether?

Florida House

A widely-anticipated hearing on a bill that would repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law will happen the next time Florida lawmakers come to Tallahassee for a committee week.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Trayvon Martin’s father visited Tallahassee Thursday as part of a forum at Florida A and M University discussing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.The forum, part of FAMU's Homecoming week, was called “Stand Your Ground law: Where Do We Go From Here?”

MGN Online

Should Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law be tweaked?  A bipartisan proposal that would make some changes to the controversial measure passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 7-2 during this legislative committee week.  But, the bill has its share of critics, including a powerful House member who could hold the key to its survival.

Florida Channel

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, sentencing reforms, and re-entry programs for inmates are just a few areas on the agenda for the Legislature’s criminal justice committees during the upcoming Legislative session.

Florida Channel

A widely-anticipated hearing on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law may have hit a bit of a snag.

Shalimar Republican Representative Matt Gaetz outlined plans Tuesday for the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. It’s a committee he chairs and he says its main goal is holding a hearing on Stand Your Ground.

“Item number one is listed as number one because it’s the only project that Speaker Weatherford has given us and that is the application of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law,” said Gaetz.


Several Florida lawmakers are hoping to legislatively reignite the debate surrounding what should be done about the state’s Stand Your Ground law. Some hope to repeal the controversial law, while others say the law just needs some clarification. While those same measures never got a hearing this year, some lawmakers say the 2014 legislative session is the perfect time to have such a debate.

The September Hearing

Florida Senate

As some lawmakers call on the Florida Legislature to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law, one Democratic lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to clarify the controversial law.

Dream Defenders

Just how much support is there really for Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law? Did the failure of a poll that could have triggered a special session lead to the Dream Defenders ending a month-long protest? We'll take a look at what led up to this point.

“I think their time has kind of run out,” said House Speaker Will Weatherford.

LHatter / WFSU

Outside Florida’s historic Capitol building one man stands with a plain, black and white sign. Kurt Wadsworth is a 27-year-old University of West Florida Student. He says he was relatively a-political, until he began reading news reports blasting the state’s so-called “Timely Justice Act.”

“They wanted to call it justice. But luckily, a great man walked the earth. His name was Martin Luther King. He defined justice as not hurting people. So they may want to call it justice, but I know, and we know in our hearts, that Justice is not hurting people.”  

Steven Rodriguez / WFSU-FM

There are many bills in Florida this legislative session that deal with gun laws.  Some legislation calls for stronger restrictions on the use or sale of firearms, while others focus on deregulation and less constraint on guns.  Some lawmakers say they want more attention on the gun issue for real change to take place.