Sink wants Legislature to work in Sunshine listen05/04/09 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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An editorial in Sundayâ€™s St. Petersburg Times calls for an amendment to Floridaâ€™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 â€œlegislative leaders privately decided how much to spend in general areas such as social services and education.â€ This is even after the budget process was strongly questioned by a Tallahassee grand jury in the indictment of former House speaker Ray Sansom.
Floridaâ€™s Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink is one of the stateâ€™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.
â€œI think the taxpayers of the state have the right to know what the (budget) negotiations are and how the problems are getting resolved.â€