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Parkland tragedy shifted tone, goals of Florida's session

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - When Florida lawmakers began their annual 60-day session, two priorities were protecting students from bullies and government workers from sexual harassment.

Then on Valentine's Day, the entire tone and focus of the session turned to protecting schools when 17 people were fatally shot at a Parkland high school.

In the final three weeks, lawmakers passed a wide-ranging school safety bill that puts new restrictions on rifle sales, allows some teachers to carry guns in school and creates new mental health programs for public schools.

Lawmakers also passed an $89 billion budget, put limits on opioid prescriptions and voted to place a slavery memorial on the Capitol grounds. And as for public school bullies, their victims can now ask for vouchers to attend private school.

One thing they didn't pass was a bill to prevent sexual harassment in government.

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