The Republican-controlled Florida House handed business interests and Gov. Rick Scott a victory Thursday by passing legislation that would lift most state controls over urban sprawl, leaving it up to local governments to deal with that issue.
“We are taking a step back,” acknowledged Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary. “We are saying that we trust the local governments to make those decisions.”
House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders of Key West said that trust is misplaced. He cited bribery charges recently filed against local officials in South Florida in connection with development decisions.
“This is not a job creation bill except for one group and that’s criminal defense attorneys,” Saunders said.