As we reported on Monday; the Florida’s Republican-controlled House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice was going to hear and vote on HB 183 (Prohibited Places for Weapons and Firearms) on Tuesday. HB 183 would state lawmakers and other elected officials an exemption from the ban on carrying firearms in government meetings. The House bill was introduced by Rep. Mel Ponder (R) and there’s a companion bill in the Senate, SB 1524, which was introduced by Sen. George Gainer (R).
So how did the House Subcommittee vote?
It passed by an 11 to 3 margin with 1 missed vote. Rep. Ramon Alexander (D), Rep. Mike Gottlieb (D), and Rep. Spencer Roach (R) voted against the bill. Rep. Dane Eagle (R) missed the vote, but is marked as a yea in favor.
Again, it is nice to see these elected officials perfectly representing the noble, egalitarian ideals that lawmakers espouse so strenuously during their campaigns. I guess it appears that some elected officials — possibly the majority — aren’t for equality under the law. Instead, they favor special exemptions for the anointed and the creation of a noble class that rules over the plebeian peasantry.
So far, so good.