Sen. Bullard petitions for pre-session prayer

Sen. Dwight Bullard, a Miami Democrat, is hoping a little “help from above” can help lawmakers — and the state — during the 2014 legislative session that kicks off next week.

Bullard is asking Floridians to seek some divine intervention through prayers for lawmakers at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

“Please pray for our guidance and courage to create and pass laws that protect the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for ALL of the people of Florida and fix or repeal those laws the endanger or put at risk our greatest asset–our children,” Bullard said in a press release issued Monday.

Bullard wants the prayers to ensure that the Legislature “does the work that will help to bring a better quality of life for those determined to build a better future, and the least of us are not forgotten.”

Bullard has filed one bill that would repeal Florida’s first-in-the-nation “stand your ground” law that allows individuals to use deadly force when they feel threatened and provides immunity from prosecution and civil lawsuits. Bullard is sponsoring another measure that would remove immunity in cases where innocent bystanders have been injured or killed. The proposal also would also limit the self-defense law to instances where someone is responding to an “overt act.” Neither bill has been slated for a Senate hearing, and similar bills sponsored by Bullard and other Democrats went nowhere last year.


The News Service of Florida