Florida will gain two additional congressional seats on account of its 17 percent population growth in the last decade, Census officials announced Tuesday. Now slated to hold 27 seats in the 435 member house, Florida continues a trend that began in 1930 by gaining at least one congressional seat during each of the past nine decennial redistributions of political power in a nation that continued to grow to the west and south.
Less than three weeks before Gov.-elect Rick Scott takes office, plans for implementing one of his major campaign promises--to cut $1 billion from the state's prison system--drew a sharp push-back from the union representing correctional officers with the airing of television spots warning, inmates might be released to help reduce cost.
Flanked by a host of mostly Democratic lawmakers, Gov. Charlie Crist highlighted on Wednesday, legislation that will create a Civil Rights Hall of Fame exhibit in the Capitol. The measure (HB 523), sponsored by Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville, calls for the members of the Hall of Fame to be nominated by the Florida Commission on Human Relations and selected by the governor.