Senate budget chief evokes ‘G’ word to make point: `Gators’by John Kennedy | April 30th, 2011
Football in Florida — especially University of Florida football — packs plenty of muscle in the state Legislature.
So when Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, said the Senate was having problems with the House’s push to deregulate more than a dozen profession, including athletic agents, he wasn’t averse to some influential name-dropping.
Alexander said Saturday morning that the day before he received a call from UF Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, reminding him of past tales of agent abuses, urging that the state maintain oversight of the profession.
“I’m very hesitant to deregulate that particular one,” Alexander said. “But we’re trying to find common ground.”
Alexander’s House counterpart, Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, said during Saturday morning’s budget negotiations that her side would have to talk further about the Senate’s counter-proposal, which would maintain regulation of health clubs, dance studios and talent agents.
The House earlier this month approved legislation deregulating movers, auto repair shops, travel agents, auctioneers, telemarketers, architects and several other professions as part of a sweeping push to cut government red tape, a goal endorsed by Gov. Rick Scott.
Alexander, however, warned Saturday that many of the professions in line for being cut free have figured in past headline-grabbing scandals.
Talks between the budget chiefs are expected to continue at least through Saturday.