Florida Senate Passes Measure To Arm School Staff, Not Teachers

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The Senate amended the bill to put limits on which teachers could participate in a proposed program to carry guns in schools.

The amendment to strip out guardian language failed on 42-71 vote after more than an hour of a debate.

Stoneman High School senior David Hogg is among those hoping the governor will stop any plan to arm teachers.

"So what do we have before us today?"

Many Parkland students and parents have strongly pressed state lawmakers to ban semi-automatic weapons including the AR-15 rifle. "This is why people are so fed up with politics".

Though the band successfully beat out high school bands from across the country to become one of just six who get to perform Tuesday at the famed New York concert hall, the hard earned trip was very almost derailed by the tragedy, CBS New York reports.

While several Senate Democrats said the legislation doesn't go far enough, some said it was important to take some steps after Parkland. "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.

Republican Rep. Elizabeth Porter lashed back at that idea. I support not arming teachers.

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"The needle is moving just slightly", said Sen.

"These are the baby steps we need! This time must be different, and we demand action", said Ryan Petty, whose daughter, Alaina Petty, 14, was killed in the shooting. Porter said. "No. The adults make the laws".

The state's House of Representative has not taken up its own version of the legislation.

Under the amended Senate bill, classroom teachers would be excluded from carrying guns to work unless they were part of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps programme or members of the USA military or former police officers. GOP House members could be seen high-fiving and hugging each other shortly after the House voted to create the new voucher program.

The 20-18 vote came after almost non-stop advocacy from students, teachers and parents, including survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland who demanded that lawmakers take action before the legislative session ends Friday.

The Florida Senate voted 20-18 on the bill of arming high school teachers.

The $400 million package also includes more than $100 million for mental health screening and services and at least $25 million to raze and rebuild the freshman building where the massacre took place. Other exceptions would be made for teachers who are current or former law enforcement officers, members of the military or who teach in a Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps program. Scott last month recommended that legislators spend $250 million. "Work with us. Let's make these schools safe and once every school is safe in America, do what you have to with the gun laws". "I think there is clearly a citizen desire and expectation to do that".