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Lucy Morgan column: Lawmakers do not learn from history



Lucy Morgan retired earlier this month as a senior correspondent for the Times. But she's not finished giving advice to Tallahassee lawmakers. Here's an excerpt from her column.

Sometimes it seems like we are teachers, trying to inject just a little bit of knowledge into recalcitrant children.

Year after year, legislators are blistered for taking things from lobbyists who want something from them. Year after year, we write about it.

Sometimes lawmakers vote to change the rules as though they are saying, "Stop me before I sin again.''

It doesn't work.

Now we have a group of lawmakers routinely riding around the state on airplanes owned by a lobbyist who represents a gambling interest.

How in the world could a veteran senator sitting as chairman of a committee that will determine the future of the gambling industry think it's okay to accept frequent airplane rides on planes owned by a gambling lobbyist?

And why would House Speaker Will Weatherford, a Pasco County Republican, be among those riding along?

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:19am]


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