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As Florida House focuses on abortion, guns and religion, Democrats ask: Where are the jobs?



In a year where lawmakers promised to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs, the Republican-led Florida House spent more than seven hours Tuesday talking about abortion, guns, gambling and religion.

"It's God, guns and freedom day," Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Destin, said last week in anticipation.

The House spent most of the day on six bills that limit access to abortions, two that help gun owners, and one that would allow taxpayer funding of religious organizations.

Another five hours of debate and votes on the abortion and religious organization bills is scheduled Wednesday.

"We should be focused on the jobs we all were sent here for — to create jobs, and to pass a budget," said Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, after a news conference challenging the abortion bills. "Yet, for whatever reason that's not what we're doing." Read more here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 8:51pm]


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