Breaking Down the third week of Florida's 2014 Legislative Session

Posted at 10:06 PM, Mar 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-02 09:25:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - WTXL ABC 27 Political Contributor Trimmel Gomes appeared on Thursday's news at 6:00 to break down the latest from a busy Florida Legislative Session. 

The legislature is considering a host of issues, ranging from gun rights to immigration and education issues. 

The Florida House is looking to move ahead with a somewhat controversial bill tackling the issue of "tuition equity," extending in-state college tuition to all qualifying students, regardless of their immigration status.  The legislature is working on a recently updated version of the bill that would grant in-state tuition to any qualifying student who attended a Florida high school for four consecutive years. 

Although the measure has drawn criticism from some Republicans who believe it would reward students whose parents broke the law, the bill has the support of House Speaker Will Weatherford, as well as Governor Rick Scott.

The Florida House has also approved a bill that would allow people to fire warning shots in self defense, without facing time in prison.  That legislation is partially inspired by the case of Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville woman who received a 20 year prison sentence for firing a warning shot at her estranged husband during an argument.  Alexander claims her life was in danger, she has been granted a retrial.

Trimmel Gomes will be contributing to WTXL both online and on air throughout the legislative session.  He appears on the News at Sunrise on Tuesdays, and on the News at 6:00 on Thursdays.