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ASK THE GOVERNOR /
(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,
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
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."