Florida Senate votes down plan to arm classroom teachers
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 06, 2018,
Mar 06, 2018, 19:36
Also last week, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich, who will leave office at the end of this year, proposed six measures created to deal with the mass killings that are occurring with such regularity they no longer shock the senses.
The vote across party lines came after a three-hour debate Monday and a marathon session on Saturday.
Here's a look at the main issues on the table, and what to expect this week.
The complete failure of the various law-enforcement agencies in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is nothing less than disgraceful.
The amendment filed by Republican Sen.
"I will tell you at the onset that I think this journey is just beginning". If the bill becomes law, Floridians would be able to buy batteries, portable radios and generators tax-free.
Scott wants to put more sheriff's deputies in schools - at least one in every school and one for every thousand students who attend a school.
Senate Democrats decried the move, as did some Republicans.
Another Democratic amendment that failed would have allowed local authorities to make gun regulations for their communities.
Student survivors and their backers demanded a ban on assault weapons when they marched on the state Capitol a week after the shooting. Only days after his daughter was killed, Pollack visited the White House and made an impassioned plea for the prioritization of school safety over gun control.
Our country has been held hostage for decades by the gun lobby's perverted assault on our Constitution for its own benefit.
The Senate narrowed a controversial provision in the bill that would allow teachers to be armed. Rene Garcia, who admits to not being the biggest fan of the school safety package, said the intent is to make sure the "instructional personnel who are in the classroom can not participate in the program". Seniors would get a reprieve if they fall short of any graduation requirements as a result of skipping the exams or missing too much school.
The Senate bill also provides almost $400 million to pay for various school safety and mental health initiatives. "I know that a lot of the first responders from the tragedy at Parkland are going to benefit and they don't know it yet", Smith said.
"No way, no form, no shape". In an attempt to assuage objections to what Democrats disparagingly dubbed the "armed teachers" program, Sen.
Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, led the Senate's efforts to respond to the Valentine Day's mass shooting, observing that bipartisan opposition to the proposal indicated it hit nerves and sent lawmakers out of their comfort zones. "I can't imagine them wanting to bounce this back and have to go through this all over again".
The shift is a microcosm of all the worst aspects of Tallahassee culture: Florida legislators began with a awful idea (arming teachers) pushed by high-powered National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer. The House still has to take up the bill before the legislative session ends Friday.
The Republicans voting against the bill were Sens.
Here's what was still in the bill as of Monday morning: Expand existing 3-day waiting period on handguns to all firearms; raise minimum age to buy rifle from 18 to 21; ban bump stocks; provide mental health money; create office of safe schools; "marshal program", and safety commission. Both bills now head to Gov. Rick Scott's desk for approval.
The Senate bill also provides almost $400m to pay for school safety and mental health initiatives, along with new powers for police to take guns from those involuntarily committed or deemed a danger to themselves. But Regan McCarthy reports the House passed its chambers version of a gambling bill Monday.