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More bad news for Villalobos



Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that he had concerns about a post sentencing DNA bill awaiting his signature. The bill, sponsored in the Senate by Alex Villalobos, would expand access to DNA testing for people who plead guilty to crimes, not just those convicted by juries. "Many of the elements of the bill are very good," Bush said.

But he said he wanted to talk to prosecutors about the consequences of the plea bargain clause. He denied his concern had anything to do with fellow Republican Villalobos, who last month cast the deciding vote to keep school vouchers out of the Florida Constitution and also helped block an effort to weaken the 2002 class size amendment. "Look at my record as it relates to budgets and bills and if you can make a determination that I'm motivated by politics, then I'll appeal that decision to a higher court because it's just not right," Bush said. "It's just not true."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:04pm]


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