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School Safety Bill: Eight Hours of Pure Theater in the House

March 7, 2018 - 6:00am
Kionne McGhee, Jared Moskowitz and Carlos Guillermo Smith

Florida lawmakers spent another divisive day arguing about a wide-ranging proposal sparked by last month’s shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 14 students and three faculty members dead, with nearly all of Tuesday’s heated debate focused on guns.

Senate Wants Armed Teachers, but No Weapons Ban

March 3, 2018 - 8:00pm

After hours of intense debate on a school-safety measure, Senate Democrats were unable Saturday to strip a controversial provision that would allow specially trained teachers to bring guns to schools or to add an assault-weapons ban demanded by survivors of last month’s mass shooting at a Broward County high school.

Weekly Roundup: Parents Plead for Action

March 2, 2018 - 6:30pm
Last week, the students had the spotlight. This week, it was grieving parents who dominated the discussion.
 
Their focus, and the attention of lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott, was on a measure that began as a wide-ranging school-safety proposal but is now known inside the Capitol as a “gun bill” that’s alienated people on both ends of the Second Amendment spectrum.
 

Senate to Hold Saturday Session on School Safety

March 2, 2018 - 12:45pm
Signaling problems with a sweeping proposal aimed at making schools safer, Florida Senate leaders Friday ordered a rare Saturday floor session to begin debate on a measure that has become mired in controversy over allowing armed teachers.
 
The Saturday session is planned as House and Senate leaders race against the clock to reach consensus on a bill before the annual legislative session ends on March 9.
 

A Determined Rick Scott: 'I Want ... a Law Enforcement Presence at Our Schools'

March 2, 2018 - 6:00am
Gov. Rick Scott with the Pettys Thursday

Accompanied by the father and brother of a student slain during last month’s mass shooting in Parkland, Gov. Rick Scott made a rare appearance before the House and Senate on Thursday to urge lawmakers to pass a sweeping measure aimed at making schools safer and keeping guns out of the hands of mentally ill people.

Scott, Legislators Pitch Changes in School Safety, Gun Laws

February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
Jose Oliva, Rick Scott and Oscar Braynon

Pledging “change is coming” and “never again,” Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders on Friday released proposals encompassing gun laws, safer schools and mental health, with the goal of preventing future tragedies like last week’s mass shooting at a Broward County high school that left 14 students and three faculty members dead.

Scott: ‘We Have to Make Changes' on School Safety

February 20, 2018 - 9:30pm
Gov. Rick Scott in Parkland

Metal detectors at schools, better coordination between agencies and keeping guns out of the hands of people who are mentally ill were among the solutions three groups of experts handed Tuesday to Gov. Rick Scott, as state leaders search for ways to prevent tragedies like last week’s mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Broward County high school.

Mental Health Strategies Sought in Wake of Massacre

February 20, 2018 - 5:45pm

Better integration of data, coordination of care and services and early screening and assessment were among recommendations a panel of mental health experts offered Tuesday at a workshop organized by Gov. Rick Scott in response to last week’s shooting rampage by a troubled 19-year-old that left 17 people --- including 14 teenagers --- dead.

Weekly Roundup: Reeling Again

February 16, 2018 - 4:30pm
Jared Moskowitz and Bill Galvano

Those were the words of a grieving parent Thursday, the day after his 14-year-old daughter, Jamie, was gunned down by Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting.

Senate Continues Looking for a Gambling Deal

February 12, 2018 - 5:45pm

A key player in negotiations between the Legislature and the Seminole Tribe said he expects “significant progress” on a potential gambling deal in the next few days, as lawmakers rush to reach consensus on --- and pass --- a sweeping proposal before the session ends on March 9.

“We will have what I call a more formal proposal (from the tribe) this week, to take into consideration in terms of the direction they want to go,” Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who for years has played a major role in gambling talks with the tribe, told The News Service of Florida on Monday.

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