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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.

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John Doe

If Atwater was not present to vote on the bill but was there right before the vote, could this mean he was intentionally avoiding the vote on such a controversial bill?

As a leader he should stand up and be strong and make it a requirement to be present during controversial issues such as debates on evolution and votes on our educational system.

It would be interesting to see how he would have voted especially since he is in a real hard fight against a strong opponent for his Senate seat and he is in line to be Senate President.

priceofcivilization

What an embarassment. The people we elect (mainly Republicans) have decided that they can cut our services and keep as happy by passing crap like this. Watch out, Alabama and Mississippi, we're coming down to your level. When will the people of Florida wake up and stop electing Republicans? The economic future belongs to countries and states that have an educated populace. We seem to be well on our way to becoming a third world country.

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