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Byrd e-mail praises House's failed efforts

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 4, 2003

TALLAHASSEE - House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, in an e-mail sent out late Friday night, did his own "end of session review" and claimed credit for passage of medical malpractice reform, workers' compensation reform, a plan for reducing class sizes and a "family friendly budget."

Byrd failed to note that none of those items passed into law. A spokesman said Byrd was merely listing the accomplishments of the House of Representatives and compared it to an e-mail sent out by Senate President Jim King.

King put out a statement praising the work of the Senate and listing some of its accomplishments, but noted that most important issues were left undone.

Perhaps it's all in the staffing. Byrd has a communications staff of 13 people. King has one person.

[Last modified May 4, 2003, 02:01:25]


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