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.
The #SB7026 debate is starting in the House. Right now there have been more than 90 amendments filed, mostly by Dems. Those are unlikely to pass but this will be an opportunity to figure out the details of this big gun/school safety bill, which have gotten lost in fast pace.
Meanwhile, college students are also planning a "die-in" protest in the Capitol this afternoon to protest the bill, which they think doesn't go far enough. This is a rare piece of legislation that is disliked by those far to the left and the right but supported by moderates. twitter.com/lmower3/status…
In this email blast to gun owners, NRA's Marion Hammer accuses House leadership (and Speaker Richard Corcoran by inference) of "trying to bully" lawmakers to get them to vote for gun legislation https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXnWurFXcAcEUn8.jpg
.@FarmerForFLSen is against it: "The talk about this being the first step? Members, I’m sorry, I believe this willl be the first and last step. ... Next year, when we get back here, the buses won’t be here. … The pressure will be reduced, and the @NRA will be omnipotent again."
"In this bill, we replace the building where this godawful thing happened. In this bill, we put a memorial on that sacred place. In this bill, we make the first real effort to make sure this never happens again."
In a dramatic move designed to appease Gov. Rick Scott and other critics, the Florida Senate adopted a last-minute amendment to its school safety bill Monday that will take some teachers out of an optional program to allow school personnel to carry firearms in schools.
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.@KevinRader is talking about Marjory Stoneman (the person), who went to college in 1912. Was a @MiamiHerald columnist. Author of The Everglades: River of Grass.
"this is not a perfect product," @DSimmonsFL says. "Senators, what do we spend our time talking about? And that is, this is not Washington DC. Let's not make it Washington DC. Let's go ahead and reach a consensus."
.@SenatorThurston on colleagues questioning the lack of moral outrage in society. He says the Parkland students have moral outrage: "The moral outrage is here, when they say, you let us down, elected officials."
Sen. Tom Lee (R) on society: "What's wrong with us? There were just as many guns in this country at least in terms of access 50 years ago than there were today. Why is it that people today would go into a school and shoot 15 children. 50 years ago, nobody would have thought."
.@denisegrimsley is criticizing society becoming desensitized to children. She's a nurse, and said that she's handed newborns to parents with a feeling in the "pit of her stomach": I knew that that baby was going to be dead in a few years, or at a minimum, abused or neglected."
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