Ask the Governor
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Title: Ask the Governor
Physical Description: nos. in : ; 36 cm.
Creator: Florida -- Governor (1961-1965 : Bryant)
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee
Creation Date: March 4, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
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(For Release Sunday, March 4, 1962)

It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Governo ar -

Bryant answers questions based on letters and comments from Florida


QUESTION: Governor, your recent statements on the

reapportionment plan which will be presented to Floridians on

the ballot next November were interpreted in some quarters as the

kick-off of a vigorous campaign on your part for its adoption.

Do you plan such an effort?

GOVERNOR: Well, I don't anticipate really that such

an effort is going to be called for. Certainly I will do every-

thing that I can to support the plan. It has been my observation,

however, as I have moved around the State, that the people pretty

generally understand this plan. What it calls for is the

straightening of those segments of the Legislature which his-

torically have been the balance of power or very nearly the

balance of power, for the progressive legislation that this State

has been the beneficiary of. I served, as you know, for some ten

years in the Legislature and fought innumerable battles, some of

which were lost or won by a margin of one, two, or three votes,

out of a 95 member House. And saw many won or lost by the same

margin in the Senate. Therefore, in developing this plan, we

have strengthened particular areas in medium and large counties

only. We have given no additional strength to the small counties

--all the additional strength is for the medium and large

counties. And I am confident that this addition of strength will

be sufficient to swing the balance in those critical issues that

sometimes mean the difference between progress and loss of

progress for Florida.

QUESTION: In your travels through the State have you

seen much opposition to this plan developing?

GOVERNOR: On the contrary, I think there is a general

understanding and approval of the plan. Now, there are some

areas, some particular counties where they have local problems,

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and maybe their legislators fought it, or maybe they have other

problems peculiar to them where there will be some localized

opposition. But statewide, I am confident that the support is

going to be good.

QUESTION: A regular listener to this program has

written to ask your views on the proposals for shortening the

work week?

GOVERNOR: Well, of course, I guess all of us sort of

enjoy the thought of it, but when you really put your mind to

that problem I don't see how much shortening of a work week is

consistent with the national interest. With the necessity under

which we labor to keep our productivity in all fields--if we are

going to have both guns and butter, as seems to be the national

decision--to meet the needs in that area. And then I am one of

those people who believes that there is a dignity and a value in

labor entirely aside from what you produce. There's people by

honest labor develop qualities and characteristics which make

them a better people. I, therefore, generally am not too

sympathetic to moves to just shorten the work week for the sake

of less work.

QUESTION: This same correspondent in the same letter

said that many state workers are required now to work 60 to 72

hour shifts without overtime pay, and at very low wages. Do

you know of any such cases?

GOVERNOR: Well, that sounds like my staff talking.

Actually many of them do work in my office these hours and

certainly I do--for the love of it, however, But there is no

one in state employment of who I have any knowledge that is

required to work these hours. That was true four or five or ten

years ago, but it is no longer so. The Legislature some years

ago took steps to remedy this situation.

QUESTION: Another who follows this program closely

asks why we do not have a statewide law requiring adequate

heating in rental homes and apartments in Florida?

GOVERNOR: Now this is a private economy problem.

It's not a health related problem or a problem that you can bring


the police powers of the State to bear on. Of curse, having

sanitary facilities in rented homes, this is a health problem,

but having heat facilities in a home is by and large in Florida,

a problem of comfort not health. And, therefore, not the proper

province of the State.

Thank you, sir. If you have a question of general

interest you would like Governor Bryant to answer on this

program, sent it to "Ask the Governor," the Governor's office,

Tallahassee, or in care of this station, which has made

available this time in the public interest.

Be with us next week when again we "Ask the Governor."