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After being tasked with immigration bill, JD Alexander votes against it

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(Immigrant protesters  from around the state pray to a statue of the Virgin Mary in House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera's, R- Miami, office, Wednesday in the Capitol after the Senate passed an immigration bill. Scott Keeler, Times)

Here's perhaps the single, most telling detail about how difficult the immigration crackdown bill was for some Florida senators: Sen. JD Alexander, the Lake Wales Republican tasked with heading up the bill, voted against it.

In the final vote for SB 2040 on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, five Republicans voted no on the measure. Three of them were members of the legislative Hispanic caucus that formally opposed the bill: Sens. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami; Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Anitere Flores, R-Miami, who had initially shepherded the bill this session.

The fourth was Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole. And the fifth was Alexander, whom Senate President Mike Haridopolos gave the bill to after yanking it from Flores.

--PATRICIA MAZZEI AND AARON SHAROCKMAN

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 5:32pm]

    

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