Title: Letter re action of a House of Representatives committee
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Title: Letter re action of a House of Representatives committee
Alternate Title: Letter re action of a House of Representatives committee killing the environmental reorganization bill without an opportunity for a Representative to speak in support.
Physical Description: 1p.
Language: English
Publication Date: Mar. 5, 1972
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 1, Folder 7 ( FUNDING WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS ), Item 63
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00050760
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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SPEAKER March 15, 1972

Honorable Ray Knopke
The Florida Senate
Room 13 MC, The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32304

Dear Senator Knopke:

The environmental reorganization bill that was reconsidered
in your committee today and killed was one which was developed
by the House of Representatives after the expenditure of a great
deal of time and energy. Public hearings were held in several
major cities in the state and the House staff, under the strong
leadership of your colleague, Representative Guy Spicola, worked
for over nine months on this legislation. Representative Spicola
wanted to appear today on behalf of the bill and has complained
to me that he was not afforded an opportunity to speak. He further
related to me that the bill was killed after not more than five
minutes consideration today and after previous committee consi-
deration totaling not more than 25 minutes. The House, on the
other hand, debated this question one full day.

I regard this conduct as a serious breach of good faith
and of the courtesy which is required by both Houses toward a
member of the legislature.

It has further been reported to me that Senator Hodges made
serious accusations concerning the leadership of the House before
your committee at its last hearing and that a member of your
committee falsely represented to your committee, on motion to
reconsider this bill, that the House was mishandling Senate bills.

I would appreciate your advising me what you regard as justi-
fication if these facts are true, and if they are not true, I
would like to know in what respect they are not true.

Very truly yours,

ichard A. Pettigrew

cc: Hon. Jerry Thomas
Hon. Guy Spicola

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