St. Pete state rep disappointed by Legislature's actions

04/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The Florida Legislature is taking a break for the religious holidays, and won’t fully return back to session until next Tuesday. They will then have just three weeks left to come to terms on a variety of problems.

Earlier this week, we spoke with St. Petersburg House Democrat Rick Kriseman about some of the issues that have taken the spotlight through the first six weeks of the session.

One major issue has been the difference in legislation between the Senate and House about a gambling compact with the Seminole Indians. The Senate’s more ambitious plans could bring in close to half a billion dollars – the House’s version, a little more than a hundred million.

Kriseman does not sit on any committee dealing with the issue, but he said he knows there’s a general difference in philosophy between the two chambers regarding gambling. Kriseman said a disappointment of the 2009 session for him is the fact that the House of Representatives has done nothing so far on producing a clean/renewable energy bill to be considered next to a similar bill moving along in the Senate.

That’s St. Petersburg House Democrat Rick Kriseman, speaking to WMNF earlier this week.

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