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Local Legislator Not Happy With Protocol Reminder

Jacksonville Rep Audrey Gibson (D) was none too thrilled with an e-mail she received from House Democratic Spokesman Mark Hollis.  His e-mail and her response are below:

From: Hollis, Mark 
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:17 PM
To: Hollis, Mark
Subject: members, if you are on the House floor…

Members, 
 
If you are presently on the House floor, please show the appropriate courtesy to your colleagues during their floor remarks/questions.
 
That means putting away Blackberries/laptops, quieting your private conversations, and focusing on your colleagues’ remarks.
 
YOU ARE BEING WATCHED on television and elsewhere.

Mark Hollis
Communications Director
Democratic Office
Florida House of Representatives
850-488-9622

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From: Gibson, Audrey 
To: Hollis, Mark 
Cc: !HSE Democrats – Members; !HSE Democratic Office 
Sent: Fri Mar 27 17:40:41 2009
Subject: RE: members, if you are on the House floor… 
Mr.  Hollis,
 
I must advise you that I find your e-mail both unprofessional, and out of place. I have held my peace on several items sent from you that lack professionalism and in fact are embarrassing. I have always treated staff with courtesy and professionalism, and I expect no less in return. Please refrain from sending me such e-mails in the future.

Audrey
State Representative 
Audrey Gibson
District 15
 

 

They always say that Democrats eat their own…

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Duval Delegation House of Representatives appointments

We’ve posted on Mike Weinstein’s committee appointments in the House below, now for the rest of the Duval Delegation members:

Janet Adkins: 

Health Care Services Policy Committee, Healthy Seniors Appropriations Committee, Joint Legislative Sunset Committee, Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee, and Roads, Bridges, & Ports Policy Committee

Jennifer Carroll:

Economic Development Policy Committee, Economic Development & Community Affairs Policy Council, Energy & Utilities Policy Committee,  and Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Committee

Audrey Gibson:

Economic Development & Community Affairs Policy Council, Joint Administrative Procedures Committee, Roads, Bridges & Ports Policy Committee, Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review, and Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Committee

Mia Jones:

Agriculture & Natural Resources Policy Committee, Eonomic Development Policy Committee, Health Care Appropriations Committee, and PreK-12 Policy Committee

Charles McBurney:

Government Affairs Policy Committee, Economic Development & Community Affairs Policy Council, Government Operations Appropriation Committee, Insurance, Business & Financial Affairs Policy Committee, Joint Legislative Auditing Committee, and PreK-12 Policy Committee

Lake Ray:

Energy & Utilities Policy Committee, Health Care Services Policy Committee, Roads, Bridges & Ports Policy Committee, and Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Committee

Doc Renuart:

Agriculture & Natural Resources Policy Committee, Health Care Appropriations Committee, Health Care Services Policy Committee, and Miltary & Local Affairs Policy Committee

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Did our Republican House members do the right thing?

Nah!

Even while the State’s CFO Alex Sink is calling for a special session and Speaker of the House Ray Sansom is poor mouthing about the budget and telling House members that there will be no local pork given out during this upcoming legislative session, check out the location Sansom is speaking from – WaterColor -that extremely upscale locale in northwest Florida.  And as it turns out, Republican House members are there for their inaugural meeting at a cost of $400 per night.  Of course, they say it’s at the expense of the Republican Party of Florida.  But hasn’t Greer been chastised enough for his ridiculous spending lately?

Although 150 people are at Watercolor for this Republican party hoe-down, only 74 of them are House members.  Who are the other 76?  Lobbyists?  Sansom says they are banned, although they are certainly welcome to contribute money. House staff? Most likely. Family members?  Maybe.  But who knows. 

Another question comes to mind:   How did the Legislature work their way around this one not being a gift under the lobbying provisions.  Under Section 11.045(a), Florida Statutes, no lobbyist or principal shall make, directly or indirectly, and no member nor employee of the Legislature shall knowingly accept, directly or indirectly, any expenditure, except floral attangements or other celebratory items given to legislators and displayed in chambers the opening day of a regular session.

Now we all know lobbyists and their principals give lots and lots of money to the political parties.  So, this provision of the statute would seem to prohibit this kind of event from happening. So how are they getting away with this?  Well, if you check the definition of “expenditure” in Section 11.045(1), you’ll notice that the Legislature very conveniently excluded contributions or expenditures made to political parties.  So essentially, they have effectively set up the political parties as money-launderers for these types of events.

At this point you may be saying to yourself that all of this is disgusting, interesting, or boring (whichever case it may be) that these Republican House legislators are partying up at WaterColor in these extremely dire economic times, but what does this have to do with Jacksonville politics?  Well remember I told you 74 Republican House members are at WaterColor?  That’s all but two of the Republican House members that are at this toney wing ding.

So let’s do some math:

How many member of the Duval Delegation are House members?  8 (Adkins, Carroll, Gibson, Jones, McBurney, Ray, Renuart, and Weinstein).  Of those 8, how many are Republicans? 6 (Adkins, Carroll, McBurney, Ray, Renuart, and Weinstein).  So at best, at least 4 of our local Republican House members are living it up at WaterColor; at worst, all 6 of our local Republican House members are living it up at WaterColor. 

All of this while the State is facing a projected 3.5 billion dollar deficit.

Meanwhile, in their organizational meeting, the Florida Senate rolled back their conflict of interest and contribution rules evidently in a voice vote – but that’s for another post.

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