Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Florida House passes school safety legislation

Florida House passes school safety legislation

The FBI was warned, but didn't notify local law enforcement.

The FBI is reviewing its handling of the case and will report findings to Congress. But she said lawmakers owed it to the students who traveled from Parkland to Tallahassee two weeks ago to urge lawmakers to do something to prevent another school shooting. "And there's a bill before us that is not flawless", said Jacobs, whose district includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

For example, Johnson said schools are learning how to deal with social media threats.

In a vote watched by the father of one the students killed in the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Florida House members on Wednesday approved a bill that is supposed to tighten the state's gun laws and throw millions of dollars at improving school safety - including the implementation of a "school marshal plan" that would allow some school employees to carry firearms on school campuses.

The proposed legislation was narrowly approved by the state Senate on Monday with a vote of 20-18, and the House held eight hours of debate on it Tuesday, striking down amendments to strip the bill of any measures to block school staff from carrying guns to work.

"I'm going to take the time and I'm going to read the bill and I'm going to talk to families", said Scott, who wouldn't say whether he'll sign it.

The bill's narrow passage reflected a mix of Republicans and Democrats in support and opposition. "And there's a bill before us that is not ideal", said Democratic Rep. Kristin Jacobs, whose district includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Under the terms of the bill, a voluntary armed "guardian programme" for schools, named after Aaron Feis, a coach who died while shielding students during the shooting in Parkland last month, will allow school personnel to be armed, subject to school district approval and specialist training. He called for the digitalization of gun records, universal background checks, a ban on high-capacity magazines and some type of assault weapon reform, if not an outright ban.

Almost all classroom teachers are expressly excluded from participating in a compromise aimed at winning support from some Democrats and Scott, a staunch NRA ally who nevertheless is opposed to arming teachers.

"Though this bill is not a ideal bill".

The indictment returned by a grand jury in Fort Lauderdale also charges the 19-year-old with 17 counts of attempted murder for the Valentine's Day massacre.

Cruz's public defender has said he will plead guilty if prosecutors take the death penalty off the table and sentence him to life in prison instead.

The head of Florida's law-enforcement agency says subpoenas are being prepared in an investigation into the police response to a mass shooting at a high school.

"This bill", Rep. Rick Roth, R-Loxahatchee, said, "is legislation that's been made better, tried to do no harm ... and it's balanced and bipartisan".

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Swearingen said the investigation won't be rushed. The event was created by Stoneman Douglas students. National Basketball Association star Dwyane Wade stopped by to tell students he was inspired by how they've handled the tragedy. He punctuated his remarks with "MSD Strong all the way" - which was met with a loud roar.

DeVos visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday.

Instead, she said schools should focus on the facts of a student's behavior.

Democratic Rep. Kristin Jacobs said she did not like the idea of arming teachers, but she voted yes.

Much of the recent blame has fallen on the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Officers described Cruz as avoiding eye contact with deputies but also being co-operative and engaged with his visitors. He also has had one "family visit". Investigators and psychiatrists have visited Cruz in his single-person cell in the jail's infirmary, where officers note his activities every 15 minutes.

Tyler Goodman is a quarterback at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

"If it saves one life, it's worth it", he said.

James and Kimberly Snead, the couple who gave Cruz a home after his mother died late past year, testified before the grand jury.

James and Kimberly Snead each spent about half an hour in closed-door testimony Wednesday before the panel. They don't have any answers. Both James Snead and the attorney, Jim Lewis, wore silver "17" pins to honor the victims of the shooting. Cruz lived with Deschamps only briefly before moving in with the Sneads.

Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder and could face the death penalty. Doctors said one bullet tore through 15-year-old Kyle Laman's ankle and foot, according to a statement from The Berman Law Group, which is representing the teenager.

The family he was living with is expected to testify Wednesday.

The Sun Sentinel reported a second student injured in the shooting has filed a letter of intent to sue the Broward Sheriff's Office, the school system and others.

The bill evolved over 10 days of impassioned, often contentious debate in Florida's majority Republican House and Senate, as lawmakers rushed to pass something before the legislative session ends on Friday.

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