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House Republicans say they will now hear paper trail bill

Hours after shooting down an amendment offered by House Democrats to set aside money to replace touchscreen machines, the House Majority Office said that Rep. Dean Cannon, the Winter Park Republican in charge of the Economic Expansion and Infrastructure Council, has decided to hear HB 213, a bill sponsored by Rep. Dorothy Hukill that requires all voting machines in Florida to have a voter-verified paper trail that can be subject to a manual audit.

The bill was pulled out of the House Ethics and ElectIons Committee at 11:41 a.m., about two hours after Republicans had defeated the amendment proposed by Rep. Ari Porth to set aside $32.9 million to replace touchscreen machines. During the meeting Republicans said it was wrong to consider the money before the legislation had been heard. But privately Democrats say that they have asked for the bill to be heard but that House Republicans kept saying no.