Florida’s Department of Management Services is making some powerful enemies and losing an ally.
After overseeing the construction of a posh new 48 million dollar courthouse dubbed the Tallahassee Taj Mahal, legislative leaders blamed DMS for wasting taxpayer money, even though the legislature approved the project. In an attempt to have more control of DMS the legislature passed a bill making the Department answer to the state cabinet instead of just the governor. Independent Governor Charlie Crist vetoed the bill, but now Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos says the legislature is going to override Crist’s veto.
“Republicans and Democrats embraced the idea period and whoever the new governor was would live with this and we think it’s a good idea. It passed overwhelmingly and we expect it to be the new policy,” said Haridopolos.
Now that both chambers have a Republican super majority, overriding the bill is expected to take just a few minutes. The DMS overhaul bill is just one of nine vetoes incoming legislative leaders have targeted.