A Republican stateĀ representative has filed three immigration bills amid Floridaā€™s brewing debate about which issues should be heardĀ during next weekā€™s special session.Ā Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist called the special sessionĀ for legislators toĀ debate a ban on offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa,Ā has proposed legislation modeled after Arizonaā€™s controversial S.B.1070 ā€” which allows local law enforcement to investigate citizenā€™s immigration during criminal and traffic stops. The law also allows law enforcement to take citizens into custody if they cannot show proof of citizenship.

Ambler proposed immigration legislation duringĀ the special session before plans announced by Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, to introduce legislation based on the Arizona law during the session next spring. Ambler also filed two other immigration bills for the special session, dealing with eligibility for public benefits and employment with the state.

Ambler is a candidate forĀ the District 12 state SenateĀ seat. He faces Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman in the Republican primary.

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