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State Troopers to Beef Up Security at Parkland School

March 21, 2018 - 3:45pm

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered eight Florida Highway Patrol troopers to beef up security at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 14 students and three staff members and injured 17 others last month in one of the nation’s worst school shootings.

Lawsuit Targets New 'Bump Stock' Ban

March 20, 2018 - 3:45pm

Gun owners have filed a second lawsuit against the state over gun-related provisions in a new school-safety law, this time alleging that a ban on “bump stocks” is an unconstitutional taking of property.

Five Questions for Senate President Joe Negron

March 19, 2018 - 4:30pm
Sen. Joe Negron

Senate President Joe Negron isn’t known for his wisecracks or snappy comebacks. The Stuart Republican, whose time leading the Senate will end after the November elections, instead has a reputation as a sometimes verbose --- by his own admission --- policy wonk with a methodical and deliberate approach to problem-solving as well as politics.

Weekly Roundup: Tragedy Hits Home Again

March 16, 2018 - 3:30pm

As Floridians continue to process the incomprehensible slaughter of 14 children and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, another catastrophe struck South Florida this week when a pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University.

Scott Signs School Safety Bill; NRA Launches Challenge

March 9, 2018 - 10:00pm
Rick Scott

Flanked by the parents of Broward County teenagers slain in the nation’s second-worst school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a sweeping package addressing mental health, school safety and guns.

Slot Machines on the Table in Gambling Talks

March 9, 2018 - 8:45am
Bill Galvano
With little more than a day to complete the task, House and Senate negotiators are working toward finalizing a gambling deal that would ensure a steady stream of income from the Seminole Tribe of Florida and open the door for slot machines in a handful of counties where voters have approved them.
 

School Safety Bill Passes after Emotional Debate

March 8, 2018 - 6:00am
Andrew Pollack, father of slain daughter Meadow, in the House Wednesday

Three weeks after Nikolas Cruz gunned down 14 students and three faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida lawmakers Wednesday passed a sweeping school-safety bill that sparked bipartisan and racial divisions over gun issues.

The House in a 67-50 vote approved the proposal (SB 7026), after the fathers of two slain students watched hours of floor debate from the House gallery. The Senate had earlier passed the measure, which now goes to Gov. Rick Scott.

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.
 

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