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: April 16, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
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For release Monday, April 16, 1962

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

Bryant answers questions based on letters and comments f lqorda./


QUESTION: Governor, it's been just about a year since the

Legislature met last, and it will be about a year until it meets

again. At this point would you welcome a session were Florida to be

on the annual session system?

GOVERNOR: Well if we had one I would welcome it, but since

we don't have one, I welcome that, too. Actually, of course,

legislative years are trying years because you are on the one hand

having to attend full time to legislative business, and on the other

hand attend to the really vast administrative responsibilities that

a Governor has. And these things in conjunction are big tasks. For

this reason it is a relief in a way when the Legislature is not here.

On the other hand, I have been in a little over a year now and I see

lots of things that I would like to accomplish and that do require

legislative changes and so when the Legislature does meet in '63 I

will welcome them.

QUESTION: There are biennial discussions at the

legislative sessions of the possibility, or desirability, perhaps,

is a better word, of a session on each off year to discuss only the

fiscal matters of the state money problems. Do you feel that there

is merit to such a proposal?

GOVERNOR: There is merit. Right now I don't think it is

desirable because, frankly, when the Legislature has 60 days to do a

job and knows that is what it has, it makes the preparation by

committee meetings ahead of time and interim committee studies to do

the job within that 60 days.

QUESTION: Were we to have a session now have you an idea

what some of the problems might be that you would lay before it?

GOVERNOR: Well I am always interested in Constitutional

Revision. I would love to see the time when we could revise this

ancient document of our basic rights into a modern instrument

designed better to serve the modern day in which we live. This is


one of the things that has a genuine and long-lasting appeal for me.

QUESTION: You and a great many other people spoke of

going into the 1961 session with considerable progress made toward

accomplishing that revision. What is the outlook for the '63 session?

GOVERNOR: Not so very good. There has got to be lots of

ground work laid and I am trying to lay it now. We are working with

committees of the Florida Bar Association, and with interested

citizens in an effort to lay the groundwork for some substantial

accomplishments. But it is so very difficult, because the Supreme

Court has said that we can't do it all at once unless we call a

convention, because a convention would not have to report back to the

Legislature. If you can't do it all at once and you only do a few

articles at the time, because our Constitution is so poorly organized,

if you revise one article you affect matters that occur in other

articles. And if under the Supreme Court interpretation you can't

also regard those other articles, you come out perhaps with a worse

hodge podge than you started. This is one of the mechanical problems

that's involved, and on which we are working now.

QUESTION: Are you working with members of the Legislature?

GOVERNOR: Actively the members of the Legislature have

not started in the consideration of this. I have been corresponding

with some of our judges and with some political leaders and with

some bar association members who are interested in accomplishing

this goal,

QUESTION: How about the accomplishments of the 1961

session? At the end of that session you mentioned a number that you

felt were of particular significance. Looking back on it now from

the standpoint of a years distance, what do you think was their most

significant achievement?

GOVERNOR: Well, I would say that the achievement of

Reapportionment and the providing for the services that the people

require without additional taxes were probably two of the most

outstanding achievements of that session.

QUESTION: What about your 1963 legislative program. How

are you coming with it?


GOVERNOR: Well you are getting too far ahead now. I am

so involved in getting the Turnpike built and the things that we

have before Congress, the legislation for water control, and so forth,

that I have no time at the moment for that.

Thank you, sir. If you have a question you would like

Governor Bryant to answer on this program, jot it down on a post

card and send it to this station, which has made available this

time in the public interest.

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