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Protesters disrupt House session over sanctuary cities bill

May 1, 2019
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Denise Diaz along with a dozen other protestors are evicted from the house gallery as they shout to legislators about an immigration bill being considered during session Wednesday May 1, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A loud group of chanting protesters disrupted a Florida House session over proposals to ban sanctuary cities for immigrants, limit felon voting rights and other controversial bills.

Chanting slogans such as “stand up fight back” and displaying banners that read “strong hearts fight back,” about two dozen people brought debate in the House to a temporary standstill Wednesday from the gallery. Lawmakers were debating a bill authorizing hemp as a crop.

Security personnel cleared the protesters from the gallery, but it was uncertain if anyone was arrested. The group continued chants such as “hey hey, ho ho, racist laws have got to go” outside the chamber.

The sanctuary cities ban bill was set for House debate later Wednesday. The felon voting bill is likely to be debated later this week.