The head of the State Board of Administration is being called back to the Capitol to address a $10,750 invoice to a state lawmaker for a public records request centered on a $125 million investment by the agency in a private equity firm.
Ash Williams, executive director of the State Board of Administration, is expected to face a group of state senators when legislators return for committee meetings the week of Oct. 17.
Williams defended the invoice before members of the Florida Cabinet on Oct. 4.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi called the bill indefensible.
Senate President Mike Haridopolos is defending the states prison privatization effort as being conducted openly in the sunshine, as a decision is expected soon whether the state will appeal a circuit judges rejection of the jail maintenance plans.
Haridopolos contends the legislative directive was heard by legislative committees before being included in the budget prior to the approval of the fiscal plan.
Everything in Floridas budget -- from turnpike authorities and prisons to education -- is on a potential chopping block as the state Legislature is now looking at a $2 billion shortfall for the next fiscal year, Senate President Mike Haridopolos said Thursday.
I hope everyone is going to be thoughtful and not just protect their own part of the budget and offer up some areas for savings, Haridopolos said during a meeting with the media in the presidents conference room.
With three fresh endorsements from key state House leaders, GOP presidential candidate and front-runner Mitt Romney was able to get a few bites into the White House and his lunch during a campaign stop in Tallahassee Wednesday.
Romney sat down with 12 capital-area business leaders and the owner of the Seminole Wind, the buffet-style restaurant that brings together church and steak, before heading off to the Capitol for private meetings with Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi.