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Poll Shows Scott Leading Nelson 42-35%

Scott hasn’t said if he’ll sign a new gun safety bill passed by the Florida House.

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Kimberly Railey
March 8, 2018, 9:11 a.m.

A new poll from St. Leo University (Feb. 18-24; 500 respondents; +/- 4.5%) shows Gov. Rick Scott (R) leading Sen. Bill Nelson (D) 42-35 percent in a hypothetical matchup. “Most recent polls have shown a closer race.” Sixty percent held a favorable view of Scott “while 34 percent view him in an unfavorable light and 6 percent are not sure of him after his two terms as governor.” (Sunshine State News)

SCHOOL SAFETY BILL. “After the Florida House narrowly passed a school safety bill with new restrictions on rifle sales and a program to arm some teachers, all eyes now turn to Scott … who has declined to say if he will sign it. … Scott has repeatedly said he doesn’t support arming teachers and had pushed lawmakers adopt his own proposal, which called for at least one law enforcement officer in every school and one for every thousand students who attend a school.” (AP)

NEW LEGISLATION. Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio (R) “introduced a bill Wednesday to incentivize states to enact gun violence restraining orders less than one month after a deadly shooting at a school in their home state. The legislation, which five states have already passed, would allow family members or authorities to petition a court to prevent a person from having guns if they are deemed dangerous.” (UPI)

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