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Activists dragged out of Florida House chambers for protesting controversial ban on 'sanctuary cities' : For the second time this legislative session, the House on Wednesday sent a strict “sanctuary city” bill to the Senate, where Senate President Bill Galvano has already said he plans to make changes and bounce the issue back to the House. “We are the Senate, and we’ve made our own adjustments and we will make adjustments again,” Galvano told reporters on Wednesday. With pressure coming from Gov. Ron DeSantis, who promised supporters he would ban so-called sanctuary cities, Republican leaders in both chambers are scrambling to pass a plan before the session ends this week. The immigration issue has spurred one of the biggest fights of the 60-day session, and tensions have escalated as the House and Senate try to agree on a bill. Before the House vote on Wednesday, protesters in the House gallery began shouting and unfurled a large white banner printed with the slogan “Strong heart fight back.” “This is the most hateful legislation ever,” Carlos Valnera shouted at lawmakers before the Capitol police and members of the House sergeant’s office dragged him out of the gallery and put him in handcuffs. The commotion prompted police to close the doors to the public gallery and sent dozens of activists down to the governor’s office to protest. It remains unclear whether DeSantis would prefer the House or Senate version of the bill. Proposed sanctions remain the key difference between the chambers.… Full Article
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