Crist pulls Bense from FSU board of trustees

Published January 24, 2007


Gov. Charlie Crist removed former state House Speaker Allan Bense as a member of Florida State University's board of trustees Tuesday, a signal that he may be in store for another position in the new administration.

Then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Bense, a Panama City Republican, two months before Crist's Jan. 2 inauguration.

Crist named Coral Gables lawyer William "Andy" Haggard to replace Bense, who succeeded Dr. Jessie Furlow, a Quincy physician.

The governor also named Tallahassee businesswoman Susie Busch-Transou to the FSU board.

High court postpones trial on slot machines

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday delayed trial court action on the validity of a state constitutional amendment that allows slot machines in Broward and Miami-Dade counties until the justices consider an appeal in the case.

The high court granted the delay sought by Floridians for a Level Playing Field, which collected petition signatures to get the issue on the ballot.

Voters approved the measure in 2004, but it was challenged by three groups that alleged that the sponsors submitted thousands of forged signatures.