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School Prayer NOT Coming to a Classroom Near You

Sen. Ronda Storms (R-Valrico), one of the upper chambers most controversial members, seems to have abandoned her campaign pledge to pass legislation that would allow prayer in public schools.

A proposal to allow prayer and other “inspirational messages” at school events, including student assemblies and sporting events, might be over before it started, after sponsor Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, postponed the proposal’s first Senate committee consideration and later told reporters there is likely not enough time to get it to the floor.

SB1360 gives school districts authority to allow the delivery of an “inspirational message,” including prayer or invocation, at noncompulsory high school events as long as a majority of students participating request the message and select a student to deliver it.

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Quotes from Esteemed Florida Legislators

Its been an interesting week in Tallahassee and nothing illustrates that better than these enlightening quotes from our elected officials.  We truly strive for the best and brightest in Florida politicians, don’t we?

First up, State Senator Larcinia Bullard (D-Miami)…  Sen. Bullard, during a discussion on legislation that would ban bestiality (yes, it’s still legal in Florida) was apparently curious about the mention of the word “animal husbandry.”  “People are taking these animals as their husbands? … So that maybe was the reason the lady was so upset about that monkey?” Bullard asked, referring to a Connecticut woman mauled by a pet chimpanzee. Doh! Read the rest of this entry »

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State Sen. Ronda Storms goes after Dewey Decimal System

With such issues as balancing a $2 billion+ state budget deficit apparently a little too mundane, State Sen. Ronda Storms has decided to go after the Dewey Decimal System of Library filing.  Well, that and ‘Seinfeld.’

Storms, R-Valrico, railed against the book-cataloging system during a budget hearing on state library aid, calling the Dewey Decimal System “anachronistic,” costly and just plain frustrating.

The system requires training for both staff and users, she complained. If Barnes & Noble organizes its books more simply, why can’t libraries?

“A lot of little old librarians are going to have a heart attack that I even said that out loud,” Storms said during Wednesday’s hearing. “But it really is ridiculous.”

Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who oversees state support of libraries, told the committee that Dewey Decimal is the national standard, set by the Library of Congress.

“The Library of Congress can do what the Library of Congress wants,” Storms said. “If it’s costing us money … it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee.”

Browning spokeswoman Jennifer Davis later addressed the money issue. “Conversion to another system would be very costly,” she said.

The senator had another bone to pick as well – over “Seinfeld.” Read the rest of this entry »

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