[Ed. – The people of the state have spoken.]
A new survey from St. Pete Polls finds Floridians support the Legislature’s proposals to ban sanctuary cities but wants the body to leave alone the pathways to create amendments to the Florida Constitution.
The poll of 2,227 registered voters finds Floridians generally don’t think the Legislature’s doing a great job. Just 31 percent said they thought the Legislature was doing its job, while 47 percent thought it was not.
Sanctuary cities bans, the focus of two fairly different bills passed last week by the Florida Senate and Florida House, even as opponents of the legislation argued there are not any sanctuary cities in Florida and there is not even an agreed-upon definition.
Republican state Sen. Joe Gruters‘ (SB 168) was approved Friday largely along partisan lines, with Democrats opposing. State Rep. Cord Byrd‘s (HB 527) was approved earlier last week, with the differences key on whether there would be any state-mandated punishments for local officials who support banning local law enforcement from cooperating with federal agents who present detainer notices when someone is arrested who turns out to not have legal immigration status.