Bill in response to Douglas High mass shooting poised for final vote

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"My community was rocked".

The bill's sponsors, Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., said the bill could help officials prevent school shootings. "I can not live with a choice to put party politics above an opportunity to get something done that inches us closer to the place I believe we should be as a state", she said.

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The Republican-controlled House will vote on a school safety bill next week as Congress struggles to respond to the deadly assault on a Florida high school.

Gov. Rick Scott, who was in Puerto Rico at the time the Senate passed the bill Monday evening, has repeatedly said he does not want armed teachers in schools, something that black lawmakers as a bloc also oppose. Scott also opposes arming teachers. "I can not live with a choice to put party politics above an opportunity to get something done that inches us closer to the place I believe we should be as a state", she said.

Petty's 14-year-old daughter, Alaina, was killed in the February 14 shooting, along with 13 schoolmates and three staff members. "It does not change the fundamental flaw in this bill", Rodriguez said. But the House proposal would require sheriffs to participate in the controversial marshal program, if school districts order it. Sen.


Lawmakers backed - by 20 votes to 18 - a three-day waiting period for any gun purchase and the raising of the legal purchase age to 21. But Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, argued the "exclusive" language means that teachers who double as coaches -- such as Douglas High teacher Scott Beigel, who was among the 17 people killed -- could bring guns into classrooms. The 37-year-old graduated from Stoneman Douglas in 1999 and worked mainly with the junior varsity, living in nearby Coral Springs with his wife and daughter.

The changes approved by the Senate would exclude those who "exclusively perform classroom duties as classroom teachers" from being allowed to be armed as part of a program renamed the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program.

Galvano, who took the lead on the bill, said he recognized there was bipartisan opposition to it but said that was a good thing. "The mentality that we take what we can get and come back next year and fight for more, I'm sorry". "We're hitting nerves. We're going into areas that may not be our comfort zone".

"People want to make this bill a Christmas tree, trying to decorate it with other legislative ornaments that look nice to their political base but stand no chance of passing this body or the House", Cornyn said on the Senate floor.

The House on Monday voted 84-28 on a Senate bill (SB 4), which now includes a measure that would allow state universities or colleges to be sued if students or others intentionally disrupt or hinder a campus speaker.

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