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Gaetz pushes open records bill, but for public or his son?



Senate President Don Gaetz is no ally of trial lawyers.

Since joining the Legislature in 2006, Gaetz has consistently tried to limit damage awards, which also limits lawyers' fees.

Just last year, the Panhandle Republican, who made his fortune in the hospice industry, supported a bill shielding hospitals from liability and limiting expert witness testimony in medical malpractice cases.

But this year, Gaetz's priorities include SB 1648, which could improve business for attorneys specializing in public records law suits, a group that includes a person close to Gaetz.

His son, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 5:11pm]


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