Session 2012 http://wlrn.org en How Bad Things Happen To Good Bills http://wlrn.org/post/how-bad-things-happen-good-bills <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>TALLAHASSEE-- At the midpoint of the legislative session,&nbsp; an organization of domestic violence opponents&nbsp; drove hopefully to the state capital&nbsp; from Miami for the first committee hearing on a bill they were supporting.&nbsp; The legislation would allow domestic violence victims who are being stalked at work to quit their jobs and still qualify for unemployment.</p> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 21:03:58 +0000 Rick Stone 1795 at http://wlrn.org How Bad Things Happen To Good Bills How Florida Prison Reform Could Impact Small Town Jobs http://wlrn.org/post/how-florida-prison-reform-could-impact-small-town-jobs <p>MONTICELLO, Fl. -- Late in the 1980s, crime was rising, prisons were filling up and Florida needed new places to build prisons. But a grim penitentiary full of criminals was a gift that few counties wanted back then. &nbsp;</p><div><p>Jefferson County, just east of Tallahassee, was different. Then, as now, under populated and desperately poor, it saw an opportunity and it did something unusual.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 19:24:42 +0000 Rick Stone 1667 at http://wlrn.org How Florida Prison Reform Could Impact Small Town Jobs Republican Dissenters Kill Prison Privatization http://wlrn.org/post/republican-dissenters-kill-prison-privatization <p></p><p></p><p>State senators decided by two votes last night to kill a massive privatization program designed to reduce state prison costs by seven percent a year.&nbsp; Nine Republicans joined the Democratic minority to kill the bill, which had divided the Senate and called into question the leadership of Senate President Mike Haridopolos.</p><p>The privatization scheme called for turning 28 southern Florida institutions over to private contractors, eliminating thousands of jobs and reducing the state prison budget by an estimated seven percent.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 19:15:33 +0000 Rick Stone 1663 at http://wlrn.org Republican Dissenters Kill Prison Privatization