News & Features » News

This just in


Last week's conclusion of the Florida Legislature's 2000 term brought an end to updates of three recent articles.

Topping the list is Ken Wright, a development attorney and the target of environmentalists' ire `Wright or wrong, March 16`. Wright's appointment to fill a lay seat on the Environmental Regulations Commission irked those who said he could never be impartial, and who saw it as an attempt by Gov. Bush to reward his Central Florida campaign organizer, who in turn could dole out favors to his developer buddies. On the last day of the session, the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments and Confirmations Committee voted 4-1 in Wright's favor. His nomination was later confirmed by a full Senate vote.

Elsewhere, after being passed by the House, the Florida Land Title Protection Act died when Senate leaders refused to hear it. The act would have moved the property line on navigable waterways, effectively giving control of roughly 5,000 acres of waterfront property to private interests such as the timber industry `A shore point for the public, April 5`.

On the birth-control front, legislators bowed to the insurance lobby `The politics of the pill, March 16`; a proposal that would have required insurance companies to cover the cost of contraceptives died in committee. The reason: "A combination of business interests and the more conservative social agenda of the House majority who find anything objectionable that deals with contraceptives," says House sponsor Steven Effman.

And in news from Washington, D.C., Florida Sen. Bob Graham's much-maligned farmworker legislation appears stalled in committee `A plan far afield, March 2`. Farmworker advocates claim conditional amnesty offered to illegal workers under the measure is actually a disguise that would put those workers at greater risk of abuse by the ag industry. In a hearing last week, Graham and co-sponsor Sen. Gordon Smith admitted their bill was less than perfect. It could still emerge, but a presidential veto is promised.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.