Storms: Hold on the train! We’re moving too fast!by Dara Kam | December 3rd, 2009
Sen. Ronda Storms complained repeatedly about the rushed special session schedule and what she said is not enough time in a three-hour committee meeting held today to vet a 49-page bill dealing with a variety of rail issues.
She said she’s spent more time shopping for a computer than was devoted to the bill during the three-hour “workshop.”
“As a professional I want the chair to know that I object to the lack of time that we’ve been given,” Storms, R-Valrico, began her line of questions.
Storms likened the omnibus package to the federal bank bail-out package that was pushed through, she said, at the 11th hour and failed to result in the economic boost it promised.
She then launched into an attack on bill sponsor Sen. Jeremy Ring’s contention that the 15,000 who use Tri-Rail every day – two thirds of whom take it to work – will lose their jobs without the Tri-Rail fix included in the measure.
“Suddenly they’ll just be flopping around out there without transportation? That does not speak to me,” Storms said.
Storms prefaced each of her questions with gripes about the rushed scheduled slammed up against the Christmas holidays.
Transportation Committee Chairman and SunRail supporter Andy Gardiner had enough.
“Sen. Storms, I’ve heard the comment. We’re familiar with your position on this. The summary of this bill was sent out on Monday. This is a workshop…there is time over the weekend to review this,” Gardiner, R-Orlando. “I’ve heard ya. And I understand that. But please understand this is just the first opportunity.”
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill on Tuesday.