Florida lawmakers take up school-safety bill in rare session

Florida lawmakers take up school-safety bill in rare session

Florida lawmakers take up school-safety bill in rare session

They unveiled a gun control and school safety bill just days before their legislative session ended.

Although the measure excludes most teachers, the bill does allow for teachers who are Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps educators, current military and law enforcement members to opt in.

The bill passed on a 20-18 vote, with six Republicans voting against and three Democrats voting in favor. It was almost three weeks ago that Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 assault gun and started shooting.

A spokeswoman for the governor said Mr Scott, who was endorsed by the NRA and received its highest rating for supporting gun rights, would review the bill in its final form before deciding whether to support or oppose it. He adds that he only heard banging on the door once and "by the time I walked over to the door, the banging had stopped". "This is not the end all and be all". I stand with the victims of the Parkland tragedy and we owe it to them that this never happens again.

Most members of Florida's 28-member Florida Conference of Black Legislators also opposed the program, fearing black students could be discriminated against by armed school officials. The measure would provide funding for mobile crisis teams working under the authority of the Department of Children and Families, as well as mental health assistance and mental health first aid training for schools.

"Because it's a voluntary program, I think I would've liked to at least give the sheriffs the opportunity to make some decisions in terms of what they offer, and have the districts weigh in a little bit", Galvano said.

The sweeping proposal, as now drawn, would raise the age to 21 for the purchase of rifles and other long guns, create a three-day waiting period on purchases of rifles and address school-hardening and mental health issues. The full House has yet to take up its version of the bill. Other school staff could also volunteer for the program but all other classroom teachers would be blocked from the program.

The Senate rejected almost four dozen Democratic amendments to the bill that was introduced by conservative Republicans.

Ms. Stoneman Douglas also said, "Child welfare ought really to cover all sorts of topics, such as better water and sanitation and good roads, and clean streets and public parks and playgrounds".

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.

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