Florida Senate Votes To Arm Teachers


House members spent almost three hours asking questions about the legislation, which would put some restrictions on rifle sales, provide new mental health programs from schools and improve communication between school districts, law enforcement and state agencies.

Among the six Republican lawmakers who voted against the bill Monday was Sarasota state Sen. Support and opposition crossed party lines, and it was clear many of those who voted for the bill weren't entirely happy with it.

Let's see how far they can take this bill. here's hoping! "They've been shouting it into their ears writing letters, talking to congress and senate alike and frankly I can't believe they haven't heard yet", Deitsch said.

State senators Monday voted to exempt students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from having to take the annual reading, writing and math tests given each spring to most students in the state. "But what I disagree with more is the idea of our allowing the great to be the enemy of the good and letting the session come to a close without some meaningful legislation".

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

"I just can't imagine that Nikolas Cruz can commit such a heinous crime and then as a result we tell, potentially, a 20-year-old single mother living alone that she cannot purchase a firearm to defend herself", Fant said.

"The first five minutes is when we need someone to act", said Sen.

Gov. Rick Scott is opposed to a controversial measure that would train and arm teachers, though the version that passed on Monday put limitations on the program.

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith said polls show there's little support for arming teachers, yet overwhelming support for an assault rifle ban.

"We must be the last families to lose loved ones in a mass shooting at a school".

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

Petty's 14-year-old daughter, Alaina, was killed in the February 14 shooting, along with 13 schoolmates and three staff members. It could take more than one day. They said that explicitly.

The U.S. House of Representatives will debate bipartisan legislation next week aimed at preventing violence at schools following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school on February 14, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday.

Directly after, the bill also implements a mandatory three-day waiting period between the purchase and delivery of any firearm.

The Senate amended its bill to limit which teachers could volunteer to go through law enforcement training and carry guns in schools.

A 15-year-old who was grievously wounded in the Florida school shooting has filed notice that he will sue the authorities to seek money to cover the cost of his recovery.

The bill would name the program for slain assistant football coach Aaron Feis, who has been hailed as a hero for shielding students during the school attack.

Students from Stoneman Douglas High School were in Cape Coral asking for changes to the state's constitution. He said Feis' wife was "very supportive" of naming the program after him.

Florida Sens., from left, Greg Steube, David Simmons, Bill Galvano and Randolph Bracy listen as Sen.

"You know what that means in my experience?" "We're hitting nerves. We're going into areas that may not be our comfort zone". "He will review any final bill that makes it to his desk". Under this addition, classroom teachers might be excluded, but librarians, principals, custodians, counselors and other school "support staff" would be allowed to enter the program.