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Updated: 02/22/2018 08:30:04AM

Representatives expect bipartisan bill soon on guns, schools, mental health

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By ANDREA PRAEGITZER

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In the wake of last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland that killed 17 people, local Republican leaders in the Florida House of Representatives believe the Legislature will address issues involving access to guns, hardening of schools and mental health very soon this session through a bill with bipartisan backing.

But what came before the House on Tuesday was not that. Rep. Mike Grant (R-Port Charlotte), along with 70 other mostly Republican Representatives, voted against a motion by some Democrats to debate a piece of legislation that aimed to prevent the sale and possession of semi-automatic rifles and large magazines in the state.

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