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Will Florida Senate hear popular recess bill?



A bill to require Florida elementary schools provide 20 minutes of daily recess won strong, bipartisan support in its first House stop this week.

But will its Senate companion receive a similarly warm welcome?

Some of the self-appointed "recess moms" have raised concerns that the Senate won't even hear the bill. Lately, they've targeted the office of Sen. John Legg, chairman of the Education Committee that would be the measure's first stop in that chamber.

Legg did not respond directly to an inquiry regarding the bill's fate in his committee. His legislative aide, Jim Browne, told the Gradebook that the idea isn't dead yet.

"Now that it's been heard in the House, Senator Legg will take a closer look at the bill," Browne said via email.

Recess isn't on the committee's agenda for this morning, but the panel is scheduled to meet again Feb. 2 and Feb. 9.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 8:24am]


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