Sixty Days for 4.16.19 — A prime-time look at the 2019 Legislative Session
Sixty Days — A prime-time look at the 2019 Legislative Session
The Last 24
Good Tuesday evening. Longtime agent provocateur John Sowinski dropped a bomb into the gambling bill process. The head of No Casinos and man behind last year’s Voter Control of Gambling amendment sent a note to legislative leaders. The gist: Lawmakers can’t promise anybody any new games — like sports betting — until they’ve been approved by voters. To bolster his point, he got a legal opinion from Paul Hawkes, the former chief judge of the 1st District Court of Appeal and now a lawyer-lobbyist, including for the Florida Greyhound Association. No reaction yet from the 4th floor, but — as history shows — John’s usually right. Sixty Days never bets against him. Here’s your nightly rundown.
‘Gaming’ the system: With a bill aimed to drop by the end of the week, Sowinski’s missive could not have been well received.
‘First Step’: Criminal justice reform is moving but in two separate looks in the House and Senate. Can the differences be resolved?
Not-so-small claims: A Senate panel moved a bill that would shunt more lawsuits to county courts.
Tampon times: A bill to ensure women inmates are