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Do Florida lawmakers have a backup plan for SB 6?



Legg-new There's nothing on paper, House bill sponsor Rep. John Legg tells the Gradebook.

But that doesn't mean the talks haven't started over what to do if Gov. Crist vetoes the bill, as he has signaled he might.

"There is a reason we made sure we gave him the bill last Friday," Legg said. "It was to give us ample time to come back if he did veto it to address the specifics he lists in the veto message."

That's not to say the Legislature necessarily will come back with something else, though.

"If he does veto it, why should we take his message seriously?" Legg said. "He was for it all along. He may veto it again. If he does veto it, I find his credibility lacking."

All that said, Legg remained unconvinced that the governor will kill the bill. Crist has, after all, supported merit pay and other items within SB 6, and his early statements all indicated he would sign the bill into law.

"No question he's been spooked" by teacher activism, Legg said. But there's still hope Crist will "realize this is a strong bill that moves Florida forward."

Action today? Stay tuned.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:58am]


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