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The Latest: Senate votes to name gun program for slain coach

The Florida House has now teed up gun safety legislation for a vote, in response to last month's mass shooting at a South Florida high school.

The bill, expected to be approved in a final vote by the Senate on Monday and sent to the House, also includes a $400 million package to fund the school system's ability to address issues of mental health.

The debate covered 37 amendments filed by Democrats.

The Senate bill also provides almost $400m to pay for school safety and mental health initiatives, along with new powers for police to take guns from those involuntarily committed or deemed a danger to themselves. After the vote, Republican Senate President Joe Negron asked senators to take their seats. "I think there will be some unintended consequences that are deadly and unsafe", Democratic Rep. Cynthia Stafford said. Only days after his daughter was killed, Pollack visited the White House and made an impassioned plea for the prioritization of school safety over gun control.

Following the Senate vote, Stoneman Douglas student Jaclyn Corin tweeted: "This breaks my heart, but we will NOT let this ruin our movement".

Sen. Perry Thurston, a Democrat from Fort Lauderdale, said he wished the Legislature would have given the student survivors what they said they wanted: an assault weapons ban and a plan to keep guns out of schools. "If we all focus together, one nation, no political affiliation, we could work together and make the schools safe, and then go fight it out".

On the Jason Rantz Show, Larsen says the goal isn't to tell schools what to do.

The Senate spent almost eight hours Saturday debating dozens of amendments to the 100-page bill before finally approving the legislation for a final vote on Monday.

The move to pass the bill, the most successful and sweeping attempt at gun control in Florida's recent legislative history, was triggered by a shooting in Parkland on February 14 and is named in honor of the tragic event.

If passed, the bill would allow county sheriff's offices to establish a Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, named for the Stoneman Douglas coach who died shielding students from gunfire. "We have to start somewhere and we have to take seriously, more seriously than ever before, the issue of security in our schools and safety in our schools".

According to a spokeswoman for Mr Scott, he also "still has concerns" about the three-day waiting period, something he has previously opposed.

While Anthony remained hospitalized, the Broward County school board met Tuesday and denounced assault-style weapons like the one gunman Nikolas Cruz allegedly used to kill 17 students and teachers.

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