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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:59 PM

Lawmakers shouldn't substitute lobbyists for brains

Note: Seriously, why is Steve Precourt still in office? The man thrives on cronyism. It must be such a given in his district that nobody thinks they can do better.
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Time and again, this newspaper unearths proof that your elected representatives are filing bills that they haven't even authored.

Instead, special interests write the bills. Lawmakers simply attach their names to them and turn them into law.

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The most recent example of lobbyists leading legislators around by the nose came in a story that Sentinel reporter Jason Garcia exposed about tax breaks for Electronic Arts Inc.

Basically, the California video-game-maker with offices in Maitland didn't want to pay all its taxes. (Who does?)

So EA lobbyists began drafting new tax and incentive lawsó sending some of its proposals to the personal email account of state Rep. Steve Precourt, R-Orlando.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-scott-maxwell-florida-legislature-ea-sports-20130108,0,5317394.column

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