In 2008 the Florida Legislature passed the infamous “Take Your Gun to Work” legislation which was signed by Governor Charlie Crist. While most of the votes were party line thanks to the growing NRA control over the Florida Legislature a few members on both sides crossed over. Just 14 years earlier several Republicans from Florida had supported Bill Clinton’s Assault Weapons Ban but by 2008 the NRA had complete control over Florida Republicans. In the 1994 vote (and the 1993 Brady Law vote which the Times did not run,) several Republicans from urban areas like E. Clay Shaw of Fort Lauderdale, Bill Young of Pinellas County, Dan Miller of Sarasota and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami voted to ban assault weapons against the wishes of their party leadership and the NRA. At the same time, Democrats still held several rural oriented seats throughout the south including three in Florida: All three of those representatives voted against the Assault Weapons Ban.
Pinellas County Republicans have had a strong tradition of supporting gun control legislation. On the below vote, Reps. Jim Frishe, and Ed Hooper both voted no on this bill. Interestingly, Rep,. Darren Soto a Democrat who represents an urbanized area in central Florida voted for the legislation. With these exceptions and a few others these were basically straight party line votes in both chambers, further evidence of the base politics of our generation.
Full votes are below.
H503 GENERAL BILL/CS/1ST ENG by Environment & Natural Resources Council; Evers; (CO-SPONSORS) Harrell; Kreegel; Needelman (Similar CS/S 1130) Right to Keep & Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles [LPCC]; Creates "Preservation and Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act of 2008"; prohibits public or private employer from prohibiting customer, employee, or invitee from possessing any legally owned firearm that is lawfully possessed & locked inside or locked to private motor vehicle in parking lot; prohibits such entities from violating Number ....: CSHB 503 Date: 4/9/2008
Amendment Number: Time: 09:48AM
Reading Number .: 3 Roll Call: 5
Floor Actions ..:
Yeas – 26 Nays – 13 Not Voting – 1
VA VO MEMBER VA VO MEMBER VA VO MEMBER
_ Y Alexander _ Y Fasano _ Y Peaden
_ N Aronberg _ Y Gaetz _ EX Posey
_ Y Atwater _ Y Garcia _ Y Pruitt
_ Y Baker _ N Geller _ N Rich
_ Y Bennett _ Y Haridopolos _ N Ring
_ N Bullard _ N Hill _ Y Saunders
_ Y Carlton _ Y Jones _ N Siplin
_ Y Constantine _ N Joyner _ Y Storms
_ Y Crist _ N Justice _ Y Villalobos
_ Y Dawson _ Y King _ Y Webster
_ Y Dean _ N Lawson _ N Wilson
_ N Deutch _ Y Lynn _ Y Wise
_ Y Diaz de la Portilla _ N Margolis
_ Y Dockery _ Y Oelrich
Presiding: Justice President: Ken Pruitt
‘VA’=Vote After Roll Call ‘VO’=Chamber Vote
April 24, 2008: Yea–Posey
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