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Senate President slow to agree with grand jury report urging legislature to enforce school safety policies

Posted at 5:21 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 17:21:27-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida's Senate President was slow to agree with a grand jury report, urging the legislature to step in and help enforce school safety policies.

In it, the panel had concerns over "turf wars" between districts and law enforcement, outdated radio equipment and debate over the arming of staffers.

It called noncompliance with state laws "a persistent problem" amongst schools.

Senate President Bill Galvano told reporters there are already enforcement tools in place the DOE isn't using. Though he didn't completely shut the door on lawmakers taking action.

"We're culling through the report to the extent that if we can address some of these issues, we will. A good bit of it though is oversight and enforcement from the DOE itself and within the districts," said Galvano.

Governor Ron DeSantis called for the creation of the grand jury to review school safety shortly after taking office. The analysis was set to last a year.