Democrats Opposed to Anti-Abortion Legislation Shut Down Florida House
Florida's House of Representatives is pretty much closed for business today. That's because Republicans decided to bring up a last-minute piece of pro-life legislation in the final days of the regular session. Democrats pulled a rare procedural move and have virtually shut the body down.
Republicans added a measure that would make all women seeking abortions pay for an ultrasound and watch live footage while making the doctor explain what they're seeing. Thing is, the measure never got a committee hearing or public debate in the Senate.
The Dems only have 44 seats in the House compared to the Republicans' 76, but they are allowed under procedure to block any bills coming from the Senate that didn't go through committee. So they have done it and promise to continue the tactic until House Speaker Larry Cretul promises to not bring up the bill in the House.
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