MANATEE COUNTY - Florida's Senate president is pledging action on gun violence. As impeachment proceedings ramp up, the short–term prospects for passing meaningful legislation through Congress are diminishing.

But just as Washington, D.C. grinds to a halt, the Florida Legislature is busy preparing for the state's annual 60–day legislative session, which begins in January.

Legislative committees have begun meeting, most notably to discuss gun violence.

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano said in an interview with the herald–tribune that he plans to have a robust debate on gun violence, one that will include the possibility of new gun restrictions such as increased background checks and expanding Florida's Red Flag Law.