Rep. Matt Gaetz

Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks at a committee meeting.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

A Florida Bar investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has been forwarded to a grievance committee.

Republican Congressional hopeful Mary Thomas accepting the endorsement of Gun Owners of America in Tallahassee.
Nick Evans

Florida’s panhandle is a conservative stronghold that reliably sends Republicans and the occasional centrist democrats to Congress.  Because of that, conventional party distinctions don’t play out the same way they do in other parts of the country.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar)
The Florida Channel

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) is dragging up an old fight in his District 1 congressional bid.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar)
The Florida Channel

An open North Florida congressional seat has its first candidate in state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach. Gaetz announced his bid Monday and endorsed Donald Trump for President.

A Cuban-American House member ran into trouble with fellow Republicans Thursday when he tried to send a message to Washington about the 1960s era Cuban Adjustment Act.

Representative Frank Artiles of Miami doesn’t think Cuban refugees deserve preferential treatment decades after the end of the Cold War.

James Clarke Ash

Republican backlash against federal immigration policy is reverberating in Tallahassee, with a handful of conservatives pushing get-tough proposals.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar)
The Florida Channel

In-fighting in the Florida legislature is getting increasingly personal. But some observers are saying Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, may have crossed a line.

Florida House

The Florida House of Representatives has released its own tax cut plan on the same day that Governor Rick Scott came to demonstrate his own ideas in the same building. The move sets up a clash in the legislature over which taxes should go.

FL House Finance & Tax Committee
Nick Evans

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is touring the state in support of his plan to cut cable and cellphone taxes.  He’s finding support in the statehouse but some lawmakers would prefer more targeted tax breaks.

The Governor is making noise about a proposal to lower Floridians’ taxes by more than $600 million.  The response from Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) chair of the House Finance and Tax committee is effusive.

Flooding in Florida after a heavy storm.
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Insurance policies are notorious for dense, opaque language.  But lawmakers throughout the state are holding so-called office hours to help Citizens Property Insurance policy holders break down the fine print.

Brett Levin

Despite passing the Florida legislature, there’s still a long way to go before a non-euphoric strain of marijuana can be cultivated in Florida.  This week’s public workshop on crafting rules for Charlotte’s Web dispensaries is further proof the devil is in the details.

Nick Evans

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed four sex offender bills into law Tuesday during a public ceremony at the Capitol.  The event brought together a number of Republican lawmakers to show off the first bills passed by the Legislature.

Flanked by lawmakers, sheriffs and victims’ advocates, Scott said the package of bills will make the state safer.

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Ethanol would no longer be a required part of the fuel Florida motorists buy if a bill passed by the Florida House goes on to become law.  But such a law might not mean much if it’s overruled by federal regulation.

“This is the bill that removes and repeals Florida’s burdensome ethanol mandate,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R- Fort Walton Beach).