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The Failure of Term Limits in Florida$
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Kathryn A. DePalo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060484

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060484.001.0001

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Filling the Void

Filling the Void

Governors, Staff, and Lobbyists

(p.157) 7 Filling the Void
The Failure of Term Limits in Florida

Kathryn A. DePalo

University Press of Florida

Chapter seven looks to three entities that have filled the power vacuum created under term limits: the governor, staff, and lobbyists. The legislative branch is severely weakened under term limits. The governor, with all the resources of the executive branch, has the ability to push his agenda, as witnessed with Governors Bush and Crist. This has often pitted an alliance of the governor with one of the chambers against the other chamber in the legislature. Gov. Bush found a compliant House, while Gov. Crist found a more accepting Senate body during his term. Staff and lobbyists are the only durable mainstays with term limits. They are more influential under term limits for their knowledge on issues and legislative procedures and rules. Further, more legislators are becoming lobbyists under term limits and exert influence on the process, albeit in a new and enhanced capacity.

Keywords:   governor, lobbyists, term limits

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