Sink wants Legislature to work in Sunshine
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05/04/09 Seán Kinane
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An editorial in Sunday’s St. Petersburg Times calls for an amendment to Florida’s constitution that would require state Legislators to operate under the same sunshine laws that local government must. The editorial notes that in recent closed-door budget meetings “legislative leaders privately decided how much to spend in general areas such as social services and education.” This is even after the budget process was strongly questioned by a Tallahassee grand jury in the indictment of former House speaker Ray Sansom.

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink is one of the state’s highest profile Democrats and is thought by some to be considering a run for governor next year. This afternoon, WMNF asked Sink what she thinks about a constitutional amendment requiring more openness in the Legislative process.

“I think the taxpayers of the state have the right to know what the (budget) negotiations are and how the problems are getting resolved.”

St. Pete Times editorial

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