Florida lawmakers in both parties are reacting with disappointment at Gov. Rick Scott's veto of a prison inmate re-entry bill. The measure (HB 177) passed both houses easily; only four GOP House members voted against it.
Scott vetoed the bill because he said it would have eased sentencing requirements on some inmates, which he opposes. The chief Senate proponent of the bill, Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, said she was "phenomenally disappointed" by Scott's decision. The tenacious Bogdanoff said she spent six years trying to pass the legislation, which by political necessity had to be watered down and would have applied to only 337 inmates in the state prison system. More detail in Steve Bousquet's column here.