Long time St. Petersburg Times political writer Martin Dyckman once described the Florida Legislature during the 1970s and 80s as “The Golden Era.” The respected Council of State Legislatures identified the Florida Legislature during that time as “The Most Independent Legislative Body Among All of the States.” This was after the U.S. Supreme Court declared Florida the most mal-apportioned state in the country. What happened? More important, what does the experience mean for today politicans?
Why did the Golden Years occur? How did Florida get it’s politics right? Who did it? Why did they get involved? What were the results? What can we learn from Florida’s Golden Years? These and many other questions the author will attempt to answer here…from The Golden Years Collection.