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Legislature 2001

By LUCY MORGAN, Associated Press

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 1, 2001


Today is the 57th day of the 60-day session.

Today is the 57th day of the 60-day session.

Corruption bill may fall short again

A public corruption bill pushed by Gov. Jeb Bush for two consecutive years is likely to die again this year.

The bill would give Comptroller Bob Milligan more control over state contracts and make it easier to keep felons from doing business with the state. It would also make it easier to prosecute public officials who run afoul of the law.

House members voted the bill out of four different committees, but the full House did not take it up.

The Senate passed the bill out of a committee last week after Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan put in a personal appearance to support it, but Senate President John McKay said Monday he doesn't expect it to come to a floor vote.

McKay said four senators who are lawyers reviewed it and deemed it "a bad bill."

"I can't tell you why it's terrible; I don't have the educational background," he said.

The bill contains many recommendations of a task force Bush appointed last year after former House Speaker Bolley "Bo" Johnson went to federal prison for failing to report income he received from special interests while he was speaker. -- LUCY MORGAN

Electric lifeline bill goes to Bush

A bill meant to ensure that people on respirators and other medical machines don't unexpectedly get their electricity turned off received final passage in the House, 119-0, and goes to Gov. Jeb Bush.

It requires that utilities give people reliant on machines for their health at least 24 hours' notice by phone if their power is going to be turned off for non-payment of bills.

If the person can't be reached by phone, it requires that the power company try to contact them in person no later than 4 p.m. the day before the disconnection or leave a written notice at their home. -- ASSOCIATED PRESS

For information about legislation, call this number toll-free during business hours: 1-800-342-1827. For Internet users, Online Sunshine is the official site for the Legislature: http://www.leg.state.fl.us

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