Florida senate implements stronger gun controls

Aaron Brown
March 10, 2018

"I suspect that with an 18 to 20 vote, they're probably going to take this bill in the House", Lee, R- Thonotosassa, said.

One amendment adopted at the last-minute on Monday bars classroom teachers from participating in an armed school staff program that is part of the bill.

Florida took steps Monday to set up the nation's first ever private school voucher program for bullied students under a sweeping education bill that the state's Legislature passed and sent to Gov. Rick Scott.

Though the band successfully beat out high school bands from across the country to become one of just six who get to perform Tuesday at the famed New York concert hall, the hard earned trip was very almost derailed by the tragedy, CBS New York reports. "Do you want them in that close proximity to the students?" The program would be voluntary, implemented only if the sheriff's department and school district agree.

"He talked about change and what needed to happen, which is kind of amusing to me - a government official did absolutely nothing, and a professional basketball player talked to us and was real with us", the 17-year-old senior said.

"This is a risky bill for people of color, particularly, I believe, young black and brown boys, young black and brown girls, black and brown teachers, males and females".

It will also require a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases and ban bump stocks which make it easier for a semi-automatic to function like an automatic rifle. Several Democrats said they wouldn't vote for the bill if it included the so-called guardian program, which would put more guns in schools.

And grievously injured student Anthony Borges, 15, and his family filed a letter of intent to sue the Broward County Sheriff's Office, the school resource officer, the school system and Marjory Stoneman Douglas' principal to help recover the costs of his recuperation.

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It was no accident both passed on the same day since the measures were championed by the two Republican leaders of the Legislature and their fates had been intertwined all session.

The bill includes $400 million in funding for schools to address mental health issues, the Herald reported.

He continued, "My kid was murdered in that school so there's no one that could feel the way I do".

"Now is the time to be counted", Bradley said.

Saying he voted to try to strip the marshal program out of the bill on Saturday, Garcia, R-Hialeah, said, "The whole goal is to try to limit the amount of individuals that can carry in a classroom". "Work with us. Let's make these schools safe and once every school is safe in America, do what you have to with the gun laws". "We had three rehearsals this week to try to get our program as ready as possible... We're trying hard, we don't have all the answers but we are giving it our best and we will keep giving it our best".

That controversial component of the state House and Senate bills was the focus of a roundtable discussion held by U.S. Rep.

The measure now heads to the House for consideration.

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