Florida Senate Approves Gun Control Package, OKs Arming Some School Personnel

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students missed nine days of school after the Feb. 14 shooting. Here they are on the first day back last week. Lawmakers are considering exempting them from this year's state tests

New gun laws, school safety changes in hands of Florida State House

Prosecutors are expected to begin presenting a grand jury with evidence against a 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school.

Directly after, the bill also implements a mandatory three-day waiting period between the purchase and delivery of any firearm. 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. The Broward County school system and sheriff's department have been criticized for not acting on red flags on Cruz's mental health problems and potentially violent behavior.

Porter also criticized her colleagues who've said that lawmakers should listen to the Stoneman Douglas students who took buses to Tallahassee and lobbied for gun safety legislation. Republican Sen. Bill Galvano said he got the approval of Feis' family to name the program for him.

Another Fort Lauderdale Democrat, Sen. While barring some teachers, it would still allow school librarians, support staff and many teachers who perform double-duty as coaches to carry weapons on campus.

Almost three weeks after 17 people were slain at a Broward County high school, the Florida House on Monday unanimously passed a bill that would prevent the release of photos or recordings that show the deaths of victims of mass shootings or school shootings.

And he said the bill will make a difference.

"It does not change the fundamental flaw in this bill", Rodriguez said.

The package also provides $400 million for mental health services, including mobile crisis teams and school safety programs, such as metal detectors, bulletproof glass and school resource officers. She represents the district where the high school is located. Surviving students and gun-control supporters have scheduled a march and rally in Washington and other cities March 24 to urge new gun laws. "We need to make schools safe again", Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter, Alyssa, was among the 17 people killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14. They say they don't want to do it.

"They're politicians and I think they'll pander to whoever is giving them the most money at the time", Joe Pierson said. "No, I don't. But what I disagree with more is the idea of our allowing the great to be the enemy of the good".

"Their will is clear".

"This is the first step in saying never again". Kevin Rader and Lauren Book were among only three Democrats who voted for it.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was slain in the February 14 attack, told CNN's "New Day" on Monday that now may not be the time for the students to work toward a ban on assault weapons.

Several black lawmakers expressed concern that African-American students would be more likely to be accidentally shot by a school employee. I can't do that. My school children were murdered in their classrooms. "He wants to make sure that if somebody is potentially harmful to themselves or other people that we have the ability to expedite that process", Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

"When it becomes law, things will start changing. That we've gotten somewhere", he said. "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. "We're trying hard, we don't have all the answers but we are giving it our best and we will keep giving it our best".

With critics on both sides of the argument unhappy with elements of the rushed legislation, a broad gun control bill squeaked through the state Senate on Monday.

The House has a similar proposal but the House bill would require sheriff's to participate in the controversial marshal program, if school districts order it.

Among the six Republican lawmakers who voted against the bill Monday was Sarasota state Sen. "God help us if they send it back".

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