It's almost becoming an expectation that in the last week of Florida's annual Legislative Session, some crazy things will happen. In 2013, House Democrats slowed down the legislative process by insisting that bills be read in full on the House floor. That demand brought "Mary the Auto-Reader" out of storage and into the spotlight.
This year might be the year of the Zombie Apocalypse Amendment.
On Tuesday afternoon, State Sen. Dwight Bullard (D) filed an amendment to Senate Bill 296 that would change the title of the amendment to "An act relating to the zombie apocalypse." Bullard, who represents the 39th district in South Florida, also filed a separate amendment to modify other language within the bill.
So is SB 296 really a zombie apocalypse bill? The bill, originally filed last fall by State Sen. Jeff Brandes (R), is described as "An act related to carrying a concealed weapon or firearm" during a mandatory evacuation while under a declared state of emergency. The bill would eliminate criminal prosecution for anybody carrying concealed firearms under those conditions, essentially bypassing any licensing requirement of the person carrying the concealed firearm.
Other than Bullard's amendment, there is no mention of zombies within the bill.
In popular culture, a "zombie apocalypse" is the culmination of the breakdown of society after a zombie outbreak. Zombies are "undead" corpses, who feed on human flesh, as well as brains.
There are several possible things that could happen with Bullard's amendment. It could be passed, it could be rejected, or Bullard has the option of withdrawing his amendment before it is even considered by the Senate.
If Bullard withdraws his amendment, you might say that it's "undead upon arrival."