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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Senate will uphold the suspension of former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, despite the recommendation by the chamber's own special master that Israel be reinstated.
The Senate voted 25-15 Wednesday to uphold the suspension by Gov. DeSantis, who accused Israel of negligence in the agency's handling of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Senate - Master - Suspension
The Senate appointed a special master to investigate the suspension.
This is a developing story. Check back for the latest from Tallahassee reporter Troy Kinsey.
Committee - Recommendation
1. Why was the committee tasked with making the recommendation?
Israel was removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis in January. The governor's suspension order accused Israel of negligence in his office's handling of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
DeSantis - Preparations - Shootings - Israel - Mistakes
DeSantis argued inadequate preparations had been made for responding to mass shootings, and that Israel is directly responsible for mistakes made by his deputies.
Israel chose to challenge his suspension under the terms of the Florida Constitution, triggering a Senate trial. Senate President Bill Galvano directed the Rules Committee to issue a recommendation.
Votes - Recommendation - Israel - Suspension
2. How many votes were cast for and against the recommendation to uphold Israel's suspension?
The razor-thin vote was 9-8. It was cast Monday evening at the end of a nearly 12-hour hearing...
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