Washington gun control, school safety bill in jeopardy

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Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed its own set of gun control bills.

"I don't want to hear from you, 'Oh give it up, Sam.' I want to hear a message saying, 'Please make it one more day.' It's so hard for us", said Rep. Kong, D-Aiea. It now goes to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who has 15 days to sign it. "It affects every citizen in SC, and it's not about a bunch of press conferences right before the political season".

Rep. Tim Salazar, R-Dubois, the House bill's sponsor, told the Agriculture Committee the Senate's amendments were "reasonable" and urged lawmakers to move it forward.

The Florida House spent almost seven hours Tuesday debating a school safety plan that would arm some school employees. If it passes, it would then need to be approved by the state House before it becomes law.

Carmichael said Wednesday that Medicaid would likely also take a funding hit.

That bill would remove the 18 percent nuclear rate on SCE&G bills, while the Public Service Commission discusses the SCANA/Dominion Energy merger. That program matched local funds to place more trained officers in public schools around the state.

"After all the legislation we've worked hard on — sent across the aisle and worked hard for the ratepayers in SC — and that's all they have sent back to us", he said.

Pension reform, one of the top legislative priorities this session, is headed to the Senate floor. The SCANA subsidiary has charged its customers $2 billion for the nuclear project already.

"I remember the night it happened", said Rep. Diana Dierks, R-Salina, speaking in favor of the bill.

The announcements come in the wake of last month's massacre at a Florida high school. He also said he doesn't want to have people worry about the possible shutdown of the department.

Senate leaders say they aren't happy with the situation either.

House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, and Senate President Mitch Carmichael expressed skepticism about the new revenue during a press conference Tuesday afternoon, explaining the money is not being figured into next year's general revenue budget.

"You can fix it on the short term, but you may do long term damage to the economic development and the citizens of SC and we're not going to do that", says Senator Nikki Setzler, Minority Leader.

Talk about contrast: House is only hearing two gun-related bills (red flag and bump stock ban). "What we want, what we demand is that the Senate simply do something". "I'm asking you to respect the process", Bowen said at one point.

"The reason so many people showed up today is because they're terrified they're going to lose their guns", Boylan said. "I don't care about the gamesmanship all that much. God bless them. But I'm still going to save the pension whether they like it or not". "Well if they didn't believe the $58 million how did they go to four-four-four".