Rick Scott is scheduled to hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to highlight his action plan in the wake of the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, earlier this month.
Florida Governor Rick Scott stopped in Jacksonville Wednesday - part of his touring the state this week to tout his $500 million proposal to make schools safer.
In response to the shooting, Gov. Scott met with school leaders, teachers, mental health professionals and law enforcement members from all over the state in Tallahassee a week following the incident.
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees voted to approve bills that create a new program to arm teachers in classrooms, though details were different in the pieces of legislation. "I want to embed a DCFS person in all our sheriff's departments", Scott said.
Some funding would also go toward adding metal detectors, bulletproof glass and upgraded locks to schools.
Scott says a large focus of the proposed plan is the strengthening gun purchase and possession restrictions for the mentally ill, reports CBS Miami. "My ask of you is: let's set aside our differences and make sure our schools are safe".
Gov. Scott spent the past week pitching his plan across the state.
"If this evolves into a gun control debate we are going to miss our opportunity to get something done", Petty said.
He also said he intends to boost law enforcement presence at schools and increase the number of mental health counselors. "Better to focus on denying firearms to unsafe individuals, which avoids infringing on constitutional rights and is also more likely to be effective". DeSantis does, though, back arming teachers. Jose Oliva, R, as calling teachers with guns "the last line of defense".
He believes legislation for purchasing a firearm should be separate from that of possessing a firearm.
Outside Wednesday's event, a group gathered to protest Scott's new plan.
In Alachua County, all public schools already have a resource officer assigned to each, Director of Communications Jackie Johnson said.
The governor has been clear on his stance: he is not in support of arming teachers, a proposal the Legislature is pushing for in spite of opposition from Parkland students and parents. "And we've got to make sure Florida's never the same".