State Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahasee, offered an amendment to an omnibus elections bill that would have rolled back changes approved recently by the state Cabinet that make it harder for ex-felons to vote.
State Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, offered an amendment to an omnibus elections bill that would have rolled back changes approved recently by the state Cabinet that make it harder for ex-felons to vote. #
It drew a bipartisan round of applause — not, as it turned out, because members supported it, but because it was after 10:30 at night, and Williams’ was the last of 42 amendments presented during a two-and-a-half-hour block at the end of Thursday’s seven-hour floor session. The measure failed along party lines. #
Allowing former offenders to vote without undergoing a five- to seven-year waiting period was “simply not a part of this bill,” said Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, the sponsor of House Bill 1355, which will be up for a final vote tomorrow. #
Georgia's immigration-enforcement law H.B. 87, effective today, is being met with protests in Atlanta, while protests against new immigrant detention centers will take place in Miami and other U.S. cities.
U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, will be getting some financial backing from the National Republican Congressional Committee for his reelection campaign. West is among a handful of freshman Republican congress members believed to be particularly vulnerable in the upcoming election.