Florida Special Session: Day Two

On day two of the special legislative session in Tallahassee, lawmakers continue to haggle over budget issues. Other than an agreement on broad funding to education and other areas, there is major disagreement on how the state should spend its money.

Poll data shows 61 percent of the respondents having little or no confidence in the legislature and even some lawmakers say the public mistrust is justified.

Day two of the special session found lawmakers voting to expand their agenda beyond the budget. The move made the Gov. Jeb Bush unhappy.

"It makes no sense to complicate their lives with additional complex legislation when it's clear that they are having a hard time multi tasking. "

Polls suggest voters are disgusted with lawmakers. They met for 60 days and left all the major issues on the table. Democratic senator skip Campbell says even his wife is mad at the legislature.

"She doesn't think we do much, and she is probably right. The public should think that we are kind of like school kids that failed, and we got sent back to summer school."

State Rep. Ralph Arza says he doesn't like being labeled as a do nothing.

"I've been called a lot of things in my life, but do little has not been one of them, and it hurts."

David Simmons of Altamonte Springs blames voters for complicating the agenda.

"There are a lot of issues that are imposed upon us that we didn't ask for, one of them is a constitutional amendment relating to smaller classrooms."

In the end, house majority leader Marco Rubio says he believes voters will be forgiving.

"Ultimately we will be judged by our end product not by whether it took 15 extra days to do the work."

But first, something has to get done, and on day two passing the budget or anything else is a long way from being a done deal.

In an effort to combat negative news stories, the house speaker is spending $600,000 a year on a PR staff that is distributing its own version of the news to local papers and TV stations. The $600,000 is six times larger than any previous speaker has spent on public relations.


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