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Just how big were those budget conforming bills?

A sockless Sen. Jack Latvala grumbled on the Senate floor early Saturday morning about how budget conforming bills were stuffed with all kinds of substantive legislations -- from the House's dereg bills, to a major growth management overhaul.

"I don't really want to get into winners and losers. I think that winners and losers, which ever way they interpret it, are the people of Florida," Latvala said. "There is one lesson I hope we learn. When I left the Florida Senate in 2002, the (conforming) bill was 11 or 12 pages. Sen. (Thad) Altman recently counted the number of pages for the implementing bill in 2008, it was 400 pages. I mean, conforming bills. Sen. Altman also counted the pages in the conforming bills this year -- 2,200.

"In three years, the pages in the conforming bills have gone from 400 pages to 2,200," he said.

Talking directly to Senate President Mike Haridopolos, Latvala then said: "I pray that when we have the closing night of our session next year that your leadership will show us that we can turn the clock back on that trend."

Latvala's numbers -- courtesy of Altman -- may sound staggering. PolitiFact Florida sees it they are right?

[Last modified: Saturday, May 7, 2011 2:48pm]


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