State Senator Lauren Book, who is best know for her advocacy of harsher punishment for sexual offenders and is no stranger to conflicts of interest will likely face a significant challenge shortly.
Senator Book was appointed by Senate President Joe Negron, to a 16-person commission to investigate the series of grievous missteps that culminated in a mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Safety Commission was created under Senate Bill 7026. The commission, which has the power to investigate documents and subpoena witnesses, has until January 1st to dig deep into safety issues at the school and report their findings to lawmakers.
In February of 2014, two 17 year-old students sexually assaulted a 14 year old boy at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. One of the assailants was Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s son, Brett Israel. The assault was swept under the rug and the school resource officer (yes, the same Broward Sheriffs Office deputy who was permitted to retire with full pension after the shooting) gave the sexual offenders 3 days suspension!
We can opine that this was a case of “one hand washing the other”, but it will be interesting to see what Senator Book finds it to be. Will she push for punishment and lifetime ostracism of Brett Israel, or does that position only work when there’s a political benefit? We will soon find out.