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Area Lawmakers Visit Jackson County For Public Forum

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A microphone passed around at the Jackson County Chamber Commerce monthly breakfast amplified the voices and concerns of business leaders.

Issues hitting home for many...insurance, agriculture, and gun control.

"I know I'm like a lot of people we appreciate our ability and our constitutional right to have firearms," says an audience member.

Senator Don Gaetz, who is the Senate President and Representative Marti Coley, who is the Speaker of the House Pro-Tem, agreed in saying they support the second amendment right.

Senator Gaetz received praised after telling people Friday he would vote against any watering down of the stand your ground law or right to bear arms.

"As Senate President, I will not allow any repeal of the Stand Your Ground Law even on the Senate floor."

Meanwhile, jobs was another issue brought up. Gaetz and Coley say jobs are a major issue they'll focus on as they head into next month's legislative session.

"We need to do everything we can so the private sector can add more jobs," explains Gaetz. "That means reducing regulations, it means controlling taxes."

"We have to have some regulations but I can tell you there are many regulations, there are many permitting processes, that are duplicative, that are unnecessary," says Coley. 

Eliminating those can speed up the process to get companies to the area.

Coley says she will also be pushing for legislation that will create pathways to a standardized diploma.

Meanwhile Senator Gaetz says a big issue he'll be pushing for this session is raising the standard of public ethics in the state. He says Florida is known as one of the most corrupt states and he wants to change that.