Florida lawmakers will have until 3 p.m. Friday to vote on a proposal by Democrats to hold a special legislative session on gun violence. Secretary of State Cord Byrd announced the timeline for lawmakers to respond to a poll on holding a special session.
The poll was triggered by more than 20% of lawmakers submitting letters of support. A special session would be called if 60% of House and Senate members support the idea of the poll.
Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book, D-Plantation, wrote in a letter to Byrd on Thursday that lawmakers need to address universal background checks, expand “red flag” laws and regulate drug chargers. high-capacity rifles after mass shootings in Buffalo, NY, and Uvalde, Texas.
“While we have taken bipartisan action to address gun violence since the horrific massacre of students and educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas [High School in Parkland] and we continue to do this work, it is imperative that we take common sense action to address the epidemic of gun violence that has led to mass atrocities in places like Buffalo, NY and most recently Uvalde, TX “, wrote Book.
D-Aventura rep Joe Geller separately wrote to Byrd that the special session was needed to resolve the issues. Such efforts to impose special sessions on other issues have failed in the past.
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