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Evolution bill barely passes Senate

Sen. Ronda Storms evolution-questioning bill just passed the Florida Senate by a tight 21-17 margin. The perenially absent Fort Lauderdale Democratic Sen. Mandy Dawson was, well, absent. But so was the punctilious future Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, who was on the floor right before the vote.

Sen. Gary Siplin of Orlando was the only D vote in favor, while a handful of Republicans voted against it. Vote here

The bill differs from a simple House version. Storms tried to make her bill the same, but the effort failed on a voice vote.