Revealed in texts: Latvala’s plan’ to undermine controversial charter school law

A powerful Republican state senator considering a run for governor hasn’t been shy about his distaste for a controversial new law benefiting charter schools. But it appears he might have tried to kill it behind closed doors.

Sen. Jack Latvala, chairman of the chamber’s appropriations committee, discussed a “plan” to scuttle FL HB 7069 (17R) with a Democratic colleague who later filed an amendment to try to strip the bill of its funding, according to text messages obtained by POLITICO. But Latvala won’t say more about what Hail Mary strategy he might have employed.

The Clearwater Republican had voted for the bill despite denouncing it on the Senate floor on the last day of the 2017 legislative session, which had been extended by three days in part because of disagreements over the nearly 300-page priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

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