The Rev. Brant Copeland of the First Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee have the morning prayer on the Senate floor Tuesday, invited by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, and made an allusion to the controversial immigration bill coming before the Senate later in the day:
"For teachers and first responders, for state workers and helpers of the disabled, for those who pick our crops and provide food for our tables..." Copeland said. And of lawmakers: "Open their eyes to reasonable arguments...Open their ears to the cries of the children...Work together for the good of all the people of Florida."
Copeland spoke in a news conference Monday on behalf of the Florida Council of Churches against SB 2040, saying religious leaders encourage empathy, keeping families together and helping the poor.