Around the South for May 2nd: FL, TN, & NC

Florida: State House passes campus carry bill.  On Wednesday Florida’s House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill which will allow teachers to carry guns in high school classrooms.  Democrats bitterly opposed the measure, which will allow teachers to arm themselves if they complete the 144 hour voluntary Guardian program.  The legislation now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it into law.  Tennessee: Senate passes bill eliminating time changes.  The Tennessee state Senate has passed a bill that would keep daylight savings time year-round, a proposal that has gained steam around the country in recent years.  The bill would scrap the biannual time shift,  but only if Congress first passes a federal law allowing states to observe daylight saving year-round – which may be a big ask.  North Carolina: Congressional race goes to GOP runoff.  The race to replace former U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), who passed away in February, will go to a runoff in the Republican primary.  A pair of doctors – state Rep. Greg Murphy and Joan Perry, emerged from a crowded primary field and will meet again on July 9.  The winner of that primary will be a heavy favorite in the right-leaning district ahead of a September general election against Democratic primary winner Allen Thomas, Libertarian winner Tim Harris and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt.