TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – Florida state senator David Simmons’s bill to loosen Florida’s class size limits unanimously cleared a Senate committee Thursday without debate.

The bill (SB 1466) would allow schools to exceed the limits by three to five students per class in order to accommodate those who enroll after an annual count is taken every October.

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Simmons sponsored a similar bill that unanimously passed the House in 2008. But, it stalled when the state Senate refused to consider it saying the limits could only be changed by a constitutional amendment.

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The Legislature put an amendment on the ballot last year, but voters rejected it.

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