BUDGET UPDATE: JD saves rape crisis centersby Dara Kam | April 24th, 2010
Among the items settled at this morning’s budget negotiations is $250,000 for the state’s 30 rape crisis centers.
Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander made sure the money for the centers that provide emergency services to rape victims made it into Florida’s $69 billion budget after President Jeff Atwater was asked about the item yesterday evening.
Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, said at the time that he had dozens of similar requests from advocates sitting on his desk and he had yet to sort through them.
However the other agencies fared, rape victim advocates are calling Alexander, R-Lake Wales, a hero today.
Alexander and House counterpart David Rivera, R-Miami, have finished up their work for today. Atwater and House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, will likely iron out the final differences between their two spending plans by Tuesday.