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Cretul and Atwater meet and greet



Senate President Jeff Atwater arrived at House Speaker Larry Cretul's office today with a bit of an agenda. First, he said, their staffs are working well together. Second, he'd like to send bills to the other chamber in groups -- such as education, transportation and health care "so we can have a comprehensive conversation about them as opposed to one at a time.''

There won't be attempts at one-upmanship, he promised, and finally, bills that have a fiscal impact are in trouble. "If it's an idea that possibly could help us substitute for a present may have a good shot at us seeing it through,'' Atwater said. New ideas, however, "the chairman just may not have time for it.''

Cretul told Atwater that when Atwater started out in his banking career as a Barnett Bank loan officer, Cretul got a $300 loan from him "to buy my wife a sewing machine."

"Has it been paid back?'' Atwater asked, laughing.

Cretul: "It's kind of ironic here we are again talking about money."

Atwater: "I wish I had some to loan you right now.''

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:27pm]


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