After a lengthy and emotional debate, the Florida Senate narrowly approved a bill to put millions of dollars of state money into school security programs in response to the Parkland shooting, attempting to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill while arming school officials with a first-in-the-nation optional program for school districts. The measure now moves to the House.
Sen. Montford (D), former school principal, offers amendment that would allow school districts to spend money for the 'marshal' program on school cops (aka 'school resource officers'). @BillGalvano is against it.
When proposed legislation is rewritten in its entirety in Tallahassee, it's called a strike-all amendment. The gun safety bill strike-all to SB 7026 was filed at 4:46 p.m. Friday -- 17 hours before the unusual Saturday session began.
Sen. Montford (D), a former school principal, asking about arming teachers proposal: "If a school district opts not to participate ... there's no one who can override that decision, correct?" @BillGalvano : "Correct."
.@BillGalvano , the bill sponsor, says he would establish a 16-member commission to investigate #ParklandShooting . The FDLE director would lead it, and House/Senate/Governor would appoint people to it.
Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, sponsor of main 100-page amendment to gun bill, emphasizes that school marshals program is voluntary, not mandatory, and requires approval by county sheriff, superintendent and all participants.
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