TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker wants the Florida Legislature to follow the example Congress set by having bipartisan seating for Gov. Rick Scott's state of the state address next month.
Rep. Alan Williams of Tallahassee asked leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature to ignore party lines and have Democrats and Republicans sit next to each other.
That's what happened when President Barack Obama delivered his state of the union address on Jan. 25. It was three weeks after a Tucson, Ariz., shooting left six people dead and seven wounded including Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
A spokesman for Senate President Mike Haridopolos said he had no official response. House Speaker Dean Cannon's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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