Parent trigger bill stumbles in Florida Senate
Our Tallahassee bureau reports that the parent trigger bill that passed the Florida House on Thursday has run into trouble in the Senate.
An effort by Sen. John Thrasher to speed the so-called Parent Empowerment proposal to the Senate floor was thwarted by his colleagues Friday, meaning the measure is now slated for a Saturday morning debate.
Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, tried to get SB 1718 removed from the agenda of the Budget Committee so that it could be taken up on the floor. He listed the legislation among about a dozen proposals he wanted to fast track.
But Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich, D-Weston, objected. And so did 18 others who voted against withdrawing the so-called “parent trigger” legislation from the Budget Committee. Rich argued that a controversial measure deserved the debate and public input that the committee process allows.
Thrasher's motion, which required a two-thirds majority to pass, died on a 20-19 vote. In response, he requested a Budget Committee meeting for 8 a.m. Saturday, and President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, complied.