Florida: The House has passed a road designation bill that will name a street after conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
HB 21 includes language first proposed by Sen. Blaise Ingoglia to name a stretch of Cortez Boulevard between U. S. 41 and S.R. 50/50A in Hernando County as “Rush Limbaugh Way.” Democrats in the House objected to the measure adding the Senate language to no avail.
Rep. Lindsay Cross was the first to ask the question as to whether the language was in the House bill, leading to objections.
“Why are we keeping that in the bill?” asked Rep. Anna V. Eskamani.
Rep. Tyler Sirois said the road designation bill offered an “opportunity” for House and Senate members to “bring forward a designation for someone we believe is deserving of that through their contributions to the community,” with legislators able to decide if “that is appropriate.”
Sirois noted Limbaugh “passed away in Palm Beach of lung cancer” and donated “millions of dollars in charity.”
He noted the amendment “reflects the initial designations that occurred over in the Senate.”
Rep. Yvonne Hinson noted the original bill was to just honor former astronaut Sally Ride.
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