Storms' bills heads for showdown
Okay, we're putting the thesaurus down, but you can't blame us: Sen. Ronda Storm's "academic freedom" bill (SB 2692) goes before the Senate education committee this week, and who knows what will happen.
Maybe we're too far removed from the action, but from way down here in Tampa Bay, it appears the education committee's decision could have as much drama, if not import, as the Board of Education vote on Feb. 19.
The committee has seven members – four Republicans and three Democrats – and one of the Republicans, Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, is co-sponsoring Storms' bill. Two members – Chairman Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami – have commented about the issue (see this recent St. Petersburg Times story here), but not enough to comfortably predict how they will vote. As for the other four, who knows?
The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in Room 110 of the Senate Office Building. There are six other bills on the agenda.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter