FL Legislature: What Passed, What Failed
TALLAHASSEE — When the Legislature convened in January, the Capitol was abuzz with sex scandals, and tax cuts, education reforms and “sanctuary cities” topped the agenda.

 

That all changed Feb. 14, when 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were killed in a mass shooting.

In response to the massacre, lawmakers approved a law that included the first gun-control measures in Florida in 20 years, $400 million for school resource officers and mental health counseling and a program to arm some teachers and school employees to protect students.

The need to find that $400 million delayed a final agreement between the House and Senate on the budget, so lawmakers will return Sunday for overtime and cast a final vote on the $88.7 billion spending plan. Read more from Gray Rohrer in the Orlando Sentinel

 
 
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