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November 13th, 2016 by Mike Vasilinda

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Religious expression PACKAGE

 

Public school students will have more options to express their religious beliefs under legislation approved by the state Senate today. Opponents worried kids will face discrimination or feel like they have to go along to get along, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the Senate President says schools have gone too far stifling religious discussion.

Supers: Tallahassee

0:09-0:18 Sot: Sen. Doug Broxson

R-Pensacola

0:25-0:31 Sot: Sen. Audrey Gibson

D-Jacksonville

0:34-0:40 Sot: Gerald Bustin

Pastor / Marion County

0:53-1:04 Sot: Maryann Herrera

Former Catholic High School Student

1:05-1:11 Mike Vasilinda

1:14:1:25 Sort: Sen. Joe Negron

Sen. President

R-Stuart

Runs 1:35

Anchor tag: The legislation will also allow students to wear religious clothing or jewelry, and form clubs, whenever students are also allowed to wear non secular messages, jewelry, or hold meetings.

Religious Freedom Package Script

Supporters of more religious freedom didn’t point out specific instances where it had been denied. They spoke in broad generalities.

Sot: Sen. Doug Broxson

R-Pensacola

“This bill sends a message to our sixty-seven counties that you can take some liberties in showing religious expression.”

The Debate took place under the state motto: In God we trust. Opponents had a warning.

Sot: Sen. Audrey Gibson

D-Jacksonville

“That really will create, I believe, more misunderstanding then understanding.”

Pastors in the audience cheered the vote;

Sot: Gerald Bustin

Pastor / Marion County

“Crime, teenage pregnancies exponentially went higher immediately after we took god out of our schools.”

Opponents also warned of students being bullied for their beliefs. That’s what happened to high school senior Maryann Herrera…at a Catholic high school, when she disagreed with the majority in her class.

Sot: Maryann Herrera

Former Catholic High School Student

“I was the only one who had a different view on stuff and that kinda made me feel stumbled upon, you know, everyone was very expressive. and so was I in a way, but they weren’t as respectful.”

Mike Vasilinda Standup

The bill requires schools to created a limited public forum where students can speak their mind, if they want.”

The legislation was a top priority of the Senate President

Sort: Sen. Joe Negron

Sen. President

R-Stuart

“I would never tolerate or should the law tolerate someone being discriminated against, but lets not go to the other extreme where actually we’re unfairly penalizing a student.”

The House version cleared its final committee on Thursday setting it up for a final vote as early as next week.

ObamaCare

Seven years ago today, then President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. Newly elected GOP leadership in Washington had expected to vote today to repeal the act, but have postponed the vote. At the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Democratic lawmakers and activists urged people to call their congress person and say the GOP alternative would raise costs to Floridians.

Sot: Rep. RoBert Ascencio

D-Miami

Activists dubbed the GOP replacement Trump care and No care.

Whiskey and Wheaties

The State Senate voted today to kill a prohibition era law that requires liquor stores to be stand alone businesses. Walmart and Target have been leading the fight to “tear down the wall”. Sponsors say it is outdated, while opponents say the wall keeps people from making impulse purchases.

Sot: Sen. Anitere Flores

R-Miami

Sponsor

“If retailers want to, they can sell distilled spirits int he same format as they sell beer and wine. This is not a mandate.”

Sot: Sen. Keli Stargel

R-Lakeland

Opponent

“You have to physically walk out, check out, and you had to walk into the liquor store to buy your liquor. It was an intention decision and it wasn’t an impulse buy. With this change, you can be walking in the store on a bad day after work, and pick up a fifth of 180 proof grain alcohol, and literally kill yourself that night if you drink it.

The legislation is on a fast track in both the House and Senate. The legislation was amended to phase in over a five year period to give small liquor stores a change to adjust to the change.

State Attorney

The Florida Black Caucus said today the Governor overstepped his authority when he took a murder case out of the hands of State Attorney Aramis Ayala after she said she would not ever seek death sentences. They want the Governor to rescind the order. State Senator Audrey Gibson says the decision should be left up to voters.

Sot: Sen. Audrey Gibson

D-Jacksonville

“The people of that circuit elected her. She made her case, apparently and won that election..They trust her judgement, and the Governor should have stayed out of it.”

But the Fraternal Order of Police are livid. they describe security camera video showing suspect Markeith Loyd executing the Orlando officer after killing his pregnant girlfriend.

Sot: Robert Jenkins

FOP President

“This is as normal a case where you would seek the death penalty I don’t know what would be. The officer , Lt. Clayton was executed. Not just killed, shot. She was executed on video. Its not a race issue. Its a fiduciary responsibility, her duty to perform the laws.”

Many have called for Ayala’s removal from office. Governor Rick Scott has said he is considering all his options.

Religious Expression Look Live

Public school students will have more options to express their religious beliefs under legislation approved by the state Senate today. Opponents worried kids will face discrimination or feel like they have to go along to get along, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the Senate President says schools have gone too far stifling religious discussion.

Supers:

0:00-0:15 Mike Vasilinda

0:19-0:50 Sen. Joe Negron

Senate President

R-Stuart

0:51-0:59 Mike Vasilinda

Anchor Tag: The House version of the bill passed its final committee this morning and is ready for a vote by the full House. In the Senate, opponents told the majority the legislation was likely to result in a law suit.

Religious Freedom Look Live Script:

MV:”Under the legislation, schools couldn’t tell a student they couldn’t wear a tee shirt that had a religious message on it or jewelry. Also, schools would have to create some sort of limited  public forum where students speak about their religion if they wanted to.”

The legislation was a top priority of the Senate President.

Sot: Sen. Joe Negron

Senate President

R-Stuart

“I think for students, its a good life lesson for them to learn that they should respect all points of view. I would never tolerate or should the law tolerate someone being discriminated against, but lets not go to the other extreme where actually we’re unfairly penalizing a student. you can say what you think about something based on mathematical grounds, theological grounds, but if you get too close to religion. everyone assumes there is a violation. I thinks that’s not appropriate. I want to protect all students.”

 

MV:”And while the legislation’s aimed mainly at high schools, it applies to all public schools, which start in kindergarten.”

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