Florida Democrats rallied enough support to force a vote on Legislature-wide vote on a special session focused on gun reform, but the measure was voted down.
The push came on the heels of two gruesome mass shootings, in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month. House Democrats were interested in laws requiring background checks for all firearm sales, bans on large-capacity magazines and more reforms.
The Senate President, Bill Galvano, and Speaker of the House, José Oliva, could choose to convene a special session, but have both said they don’t support calling one. January 14 marks the beginning of the regularly-scheduled legislative session.
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So the Democrats’ effort needed “yes” votes from 60 percent of each chamber — 72 of 140 members of the House and 24 of 40 senators. The party would have needed to hold its own ranks and sway 25 House Republicans and seven members of the GOP in the Senate.
Voting closed Tuesday at 5 p.m. See how your representative or senator voted — or didn’t — below.
Votes as of Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m.
Senate: 14 YES, 20 NO, 6 DID NOT VOTE
House of Representatives: 38 YES, 68 NO, 14 DID NOT VOTE
* Representatives who sent letters to the Secretary of State to trigger the vote marked with an asterisk.
Information from the News Service of Florida was used in this report. Miami Herald staff writer Samantha J. Gross contributed reporting.