Florida’s broken state Legislature | Editorial

Florida citizens reasonably could wonder why they pay to keep 160 legislators in Tallahassee every year for 60 days — or longer — when the final decisions seem to be decreed by just three people. Perhaps lawmakers should simply give their proxies to the House Speaker and Senate President, then let them work out new laws with the governor.

Although that notion isn’t serious, the problem is.

The secret budget negotiations between Speaker Richard Corcoran and President Joe Negron that brought the regular session to an uncertain end violated any pretense of transparency or inclusion. And the dark-of-night deal on the terms of a three-day special session should lead everyone to believe the fix is in.

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