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Immigration bill will leap frog budget committee and go straight to Senate floor



Senate President Mike Haridopolos told reporters Thursday afternoon that there won't be a budget committee meeting after all to hear SB 2040, the controversial immigration bill that has stalled in his chamber for two weeks.

"I still plan on taking it up on the Senate floor," he said.

Presumably the bill would be heavily amended. Haridopolos said he favors a harder line on some issues thatn Sen. Anitere Flores, the Miami Republican who shepherded the bill before Haridopolos handed it off to Sen. J.D. Alexander, a Lake Wales Republican, on Wednesday.

Haridopolos also said state law enforcement officials should not be able to check the immigration status of people who get pulled over in a traffic stop.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 5:35pm]


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