Don Gaetz

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Northwest Florida is the site of two of the worst natural disasters in U.S. History: the 2010 BP Oil Spill and last year’s devastating Hurricane Michael. State lawmakers are floating the possibility of using some of the oil spill settlement money to help the region recover from the storm.

Florida Channel

The latest effort to reform Florida’s gun laws failed this week. It was in response to last month’s deadly mass school shooting in South Florida. As some clamored for an assault weapons ban and background checks, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission refused to take up any measures that would do just that.

Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville)
The Florida Channel

Will adding language that promotes civic literacy into the state constitution make Florida’s students more aware of their rights? A proposal to do just that is moving forward in the Constitution Revision Commission.

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A proposal to expand the duties of Florida’s Lieutenant Governor will not be on the November ballot.

Florida Senate

There’s one less Republican considering a 2016 run for the U.S. Senate. As Jim Ash reports, state Senator Don Gaetz of Niceville won’t be throwing his hat in the ring.

Florida Senate

A last vestige from one of the darkest chapters in Florida’s history fell in the Senate Tuesday. The members took a largely ceremonial vote to wipe a 1977 ban on gay adoptions off the statute books.