House committee kills Sen. Negron’s children’s services revamp on tie voteby Dara Kam | April 8th, 2010
A House committee killed one of Sen. Joe Negron’s priority bills on a tie vote this afternoon after using a procedural maneuver to keep opponents of the measure from speaking against it.
The measure (HB 1227, SB 1216) would have made the state’s 8 children’s services boards be re-authorized by voters every six years. County commissions can now put the boards, which have taxing authority, on the referendum whenever they want.
Negron sponsored the bill because because he’s miffed about the Martin County Children’s Services Council, which was planning to spend millions on new headquarters in his Stuart hometown.
Palm Beach County Commissioner Jeff Koons was among opponents of the measure who traveled to Tallahassee to testify against it.
They didn’t get to say a word.
With the end of the House Military and Local Affairs Policy Committee meeting nearing, member Chris Dorworth used a procedural maneuver to limit debate on the issue to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, and one opponent who sits on the committee.
Two Republicans joined Democrats to kill the measure on a 7-7 vote.