Florida Legislature votes to share voter information


According to the Associated Press, the bill will likely no longer be considered during this session of the legislature.

The 16-year-old survived the shooting in Parkland, Fla. on February 14 that saw 17 of her classmates and teachers shot to death, allegedly by a former student with an AR-15 rifle.

Likewise, Arizona, Republicans blocked debate over whether to ban bump stocks, which convert semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic ones, but then voted to debate anti-porn bill.

Sheryl Acquarola, a 16 year-old junior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is overcome with emotion in the east gallery of the House of Representatives after the representatives voted not to hear the bill banning assault rifles and large capacity magazines at the Florida Capital in Tallahassee, Florida on Feb 20.

"It seemed nearly heartless how they immediately pushed the button to say no", she said.

The state's House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday which states there needs to be more education, research and policy changes "to protect Floridans, especially teenagers, from pornography".

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Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Carlos Guillermo asked Spano why the Republicans were so interested in quickly passing this resolution when they should be focusing on more important discussions.

If you needed any more proof the Florida Legislature is a broken mass spinning out of control, wholly divorced from the concerns of everyday people and actively hostile toward basic democracy, you've found it.

In fact, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health associate professor Eric Schrimshaw told CNN, "Growing evidence also suggests that it is not pornography in general that may be correlated with potential negative outcomes". "I'm not aware there's a base of voters who are losing sleep every night over the epidemic of pornography as a public health crisis".

He stated that the fact that the lawmakers were in session makes it more likely that they could take action, compared with after the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which took place during a summer recess.

Rep. Kionne McGhee (D), tried to bring the gun control bill to the floor, but failed in a 36-71 party-line vote.

Others on Twitter lambasted Florida lawmakers for focusing on porn instead of guns. In Florida, legislators have sent a similar signal about selectively listening to the evidence (and the boos of people who, just last week, survived a massacre).