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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.

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3 Responses to “Storms: Hold on the train! We’re moving too fast!”

  1. ER White Says:

    We Republicans get our Butts handed to us Nationally in 2006 and 2008. And We Still haven’t gotten the message, at least not as far as I can tell in Tallahassee.

    What were Atwater and Cretul thinking?

  2. choo-choo Says:

    Not surprising. Walking and chewing gum at the same time has always been a challenge for Sen. Storms.

  3. tom chastain Says:

    I think state senator ronda storms has been making alot of public appearences latly I would not doubt if she if she would be on the short list for one of the republican presidential is impotant that they whean florida and the christian and pro life vote and state senator ronda storms is very well experienced and she is one of the greatest debaiters in the republican party and would win the christian vote and florida would be a great win for the gop

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