Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Legislators Ignore Will of the People Again

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Legislators Ignore Will of the People Again

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Byline: Ron Littlepage

When discussing the work of the Legislature, there's a quote that is used often although who said it first and the exact wording are in dispute.

But surely you have heard a version of this: "Laws are like sausages; it is better not to see them being made."

That's an insult to sausages.

What comes out of the sausage factory is at least good to eat.

There's not much better than a grilled brat and a cold beer at the ballpark on a summer evening.

What comes out of the Legislature, however, is bad for Florida and should leave us all with sour stomachs.

The special legislative session last week offered a prime example of how Tallahassee has fallen off the track.

Deals were cut in secret between Gov. Rick Scott and the so-called leadership of the House and Senate. Then there were disagreements over what those deals were with insults flying back and forth.

By the way, those representatives and senators you elected to represent you in Tallahassee were superfluous. They should have just stayed home rather than eating up taxpayer money to push a button as instructed.

Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron were the only players who mattered.

Are you comfortable with just three people having the power to spend millions of your tax dollars on their pet projects? I'm not.

It really wasn't a bright spot, but the Legislature did work on a bill during the special session to finally set the rules for implementing the medical marijuana amendment that voters had approved.

They puffed up their chests and intoned that they were fulfilling the will of the people.

But Scott and the legislators completely ignored - yet once again - the voters who overwhelming approved Amendment 1 in 2014.

When Scott vetoed more than $400 million in spending included in the budget the Legislature passed during the regular session, that money was up for grabs during the special session. …

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