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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 01:52 PM

The Florida Legislature turned hard right. These 15 votes show how much.

The Florida Legislature turned hard right. These 15 votes show how much.
Tampa Bay Times, Editorial Board Opinion, 7/11/19

Arming classroom teachers and steering public money to private school tuition. Banning sanctuary cities and threatening local officials who help undocumented immigrants. Eroding local control on multiple fronts.

Now that Gov. Ron DeSantis has acted on all bills approved by the Legislature, vetoing a handful and signing the rest into law, hereís a look at how Tampa Bay legislators voted on 15 key issues in 2019.

Itís no surprise that with few exceptions the votes are along partisan lines. Remember how your legislators voted when you decide next year whether to vote for them.

1. Arming classroom teachers (SB 7030)
2.Tuition vouchers (SB 7070)
3. Toll roads to nowhere (SB 7068)
4. Sanctuary cities (SB 168)
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7. Deregulating hospital construction (HB 21)


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Reply The Florida Legislature turned hard right. These 15 votes show how much. (Original post)
teach1st Jul 11 OP
Tommy_Carcetti Jul 11 #1
Ohiogal Jul 11 #2
mitch96 Jul 11 #3
teach1st Jul 11 #4

Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 01:55 PM

1. The wonders of gerrymandering.

You have an electorate that is arguably the most closely divided of all the states in the nation, and yet a legislature that acts like we're in Mississippi. Who knew?

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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 02:33 PM

2. We have the same thing here in Ohio.

nearly 50/50 for the last Gov. election, but 60-30 in favor of Repukes in state senate

I'm surprised FLA hasn't jumped on the anti-choice bandwagon yet.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 03:01 PM

3. "1. Arming classroom teachers (SB 7030) "

I'm curious about this one.
The Deputy at Stoneman Douglas was arrested for felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from his lack of response. If a teacher who is armed and does not "respond" to a shooting, will they be charged as well? If so this would be a deterrent for teachers to carry a weapon. How much and what kind of training? Also do they have to show proficiency with the weapon? Monthly/quarterly/yearly proficiency checks?
Hummmm..... Somebody is gonna make a bunch of money off of this bill.. Follow the money.
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Response to mitch96 (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 04:18 PM

4. Good questions

Many districts aren't going along with armed teachers.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/09/florida-armed-teachers-school-districts

But after leaving Floridaís 67 counties to make their own decision about allowing teachers to participate, the scale of opposition quickly became apparent. Following the billís passage, the Guardian canvassed the 25 largest school districts by size, covering more than 2.3 million of the stateís 2.8 million school-age children, and established from interviews, a study of public statements and resolutions passed by school board members, that none were planning to allow their teachers to be armed.

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