17 March 2005

Schiavo bill passes House, goes to Florida Senate

Today, the Florida House of Representatives passed "Terri's Law II" by a vote of 78-37. (Click here to see how your representative voted.) Tomorrow, the Florida Senate will take up its version of the bill, and a vote is scheduled for morning. The session convenes at 9:00 AM.

The discussion on the floor of the Senate today was very interesting. Senator Webster proposed an amendment to replace the language of the bill. (See my previous post.) Surprisingly after much debate, the amendment faced bipartisan opposition and failed 16-21. (Click here to see how your senator voted.) The amendment was rolled over to its final reading, which will be tomorrow, but it will not be the version that Webster expected.

The Senate and House bills are significantly different. The Webster amendment would not have helped, because the two chambers have serious ideological differences on the issue. If proponents of the bill are going to send a bill to the governor by tomorrow, much needs to be done. Either the Senate would have to accept the House version or the Senate would have to pass their version and send it to the House for their approval. Both scenarios are long-shots, but possible. If you haven't contacted your legislators yet, NOW is the time to act.

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Blogger American On Line said...

DAo you know what time tommorow the feeding tube is to be withdrawn?

Do you know if is true that Terri can remain alive for 7 to 14 days after it is withdrawn?

10:38:00 PM  
Anonymous gator78 said...

Why bother calling the Dems. They won't stand up and do anything. They are never willing to fight - just cut deals.

12:44:00 PM  
Blogger james H said...

The tube was scheduled to be removed at 1:00 PM on Friday, but was not actually removed until 1:45 PM.

Yes, it is true that Terri may live on her own for up to two weeks.

8:09:00 PM  

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