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.
.@JoseJavierJJR notes that the language says the teacher needs to be "exclusively" teaching. He asks, if the teacher also has a coaching job or has other duties in the school, would that teacher be prohibited?
This would be a compromise on this program. Staff would still be able to carry guns. @FLGovScott is against teachers carrying guns, but last week, @joenegronfl said arming staff instead was the governor's idea.
.@BillGalvano 's first amendment, which I mentioned earlier, is to rename the armed teacher 'marshal program' to the 'Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program': "He used his body to shield students from bullets to save their lives, and in doing so, lost his own."
As @FLSenate takes up constitutional amendment to require a supermajority vote of the Legislature to pass any future taxes or fees, @joenegronfl calls for all senators to come to the chamber. Dems can kill it with a no show.
.@TomLeeFL says the marshal plan is for "bumper stickers" in the fall and is pointless. "The marshal plan you can already do," he says. (He's right - it already exists in Polk County and could be rolled out anywhere.)
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