Former Speaker of the House Ray Sansom’s recent indictment for secret budget shenanigans during his term as budget chief in the Florida Legislature should bring calls for Sunshine Laws to apply to the Florida Legislature. Like most people, I thought the indictment and criticism would lead to more voluntary openness in the Legislature’s budget process. But despite that indictment and the grand jury’s strong criticism of the Florida Legislature’s secretive budget process, Florida’s legislators continue on their merry, secretive way this session. In the meantime, the indicted Ray Sansom is weighing his return to the Legislature on a day-by-day basis.
It’s a sad state of affairs for Florida’s citizenry.
Read the Miami Herald’s story here.