79ºF

Florida senate reconvenes to consider fate of fired Broward sheriff

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Senate is reconvening in a special session to begin debating whether it will reinstate a county sheriff dismissed by Gov. Ron DeSantis over the handling of last year's Parkland school shootings that killed 17 people.

DeSantis is standing by his decision to boot former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel despite a recommendation by a special master to reinstate the former sheriff.

The special session presents an awkward situation for Senate Republicans who appointed the special master to look into Israel's firing but must also weigh whether they will go buck the wishes of the governor, a fellow Republican.

DeSantis has expressed displeasure over Israel's handling of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Israel contends his dismissal was politically motivated.