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A fresh voice in the Senate



State Sen. Ronda Storms of Brandon clearly didn't get the dusty old memo about how first-term legislators are expected to be seen and not heard. At her first committee meeting Monday, the Republican from Hillsborough paid close attention, asked tough questions and had bureaucrats squirming.

At a meeting of the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee, Storms wanted Auditor General Bill Monroe to explain how the state 's review of Hillsborough schools didn't catch a series of overpriced land deals she described as "very egregious behavior." (Monroe said he wasn't sure, but he would be checking). Then, frustrated by Monroes's windy answers, Storms interjected: " ... and so, the short answer is ..." on more than one occasion.

Later, in a discussion of planned random audits of lobbyists' compensation reports, Storms said she hoped the Legislature wouldn't be like the Florida Bar, which she said seems to target smaller firms for closer scrutiny. "It's easy to go after the smaller firms," Storms said. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:25pm]


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