TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers will be confronted with one of the toughest questions of the legislative session Wednesday as parents and educators from around the state rally to preserve education from budget cuts.
The rally is intended to keep the pressure on lawmakers to pursue new revenues and restore cuts to education so that the state can draw down federal stimulus money. Absent new revenue, the state must shave another $3 billion dollars from its budget, which could mean another 16 percent cut to public schools.
Also before House lawmakers on Wednesday will be a controversial bill to require women seeking abortions to view ultrasound images of their wombs before they consent to an abortion.
And the Senate Criminal Justice Committee takes up a bill to provide more protection for police confidential informers. The legislation comes in the wake of the death of Rachel Hoffman, who was a Countryside High School graduate and a Florida State University student. She faced drug charges and went on a fatal drug buy for Tallahassee police.