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ASK THE GOVERNOR .1
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
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
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."