The Florida Senate voted Wednesday to block Attorney General Pam Bondi from challenging President Obama's executive action on immigration.
And then it changed its mind.
The change of heart happened during a discussion of the proposed $80.4 billion state budget.
Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, asked to include language prohibiting state money from being used to join a Texas lawsuit against Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program grants temporary deportation relief to undocumented young adults who arrived in the United States as children.
Soto noted that last year, the Senate passed legislation allowing students who are undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Florida colleges and universities.
The Senate voted 16-15 to adopt the amendment.
But a few minutes later, Sen. Jack Latvala called for the amendment to be reconsidered.
Latvala, a Clearwater Republican who sponsored the immigrant tuition bill last year, said he had voted for the amendment by accident.
"I momentarily sympathized with [Soto] because I do sympathize with his feelings on that issue," he said.
But Latvala said it is Senate custom for the the leaders of budget subcommittees to support the budget chairman. And Budget Chairman Tom Lee, R-Brandon, opposed the amendment.
"It is a very dangerous, slippery slope that we get on when we start telling our cabinet, particularly our attorney general, where she can weigh in and what resources she can use to do it," Lee said.
When it came time to vote for a second time, the amendment failed on a voice vote.