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Enterprise Deal Presents A Mixed Bag For Black Caucus

Rep. Charles McBurney (R-Jacksonville)
Florida Channel

It appears House Republicans cut a deal with the chamber’s black caucus to gain approval for the governor’s economic development package.  But the supposed exchange hasn’t gotten the caucus everything it wants.

Thursday the House Judiciary committee shelved two bills that have been front of mind for the chamber’s black caucus.  Putting stand your ground changes on hold is right in line with the caucus’ priorities.  But postponing a juvenile civil citations measure isn’t.  Rep. Charles McBurney (R-Jacksonville) explains the decision to set aside the bill this way.

“You know sometimes in this process not all the issues come up all at once,” McBurney says.  “So the concerns kind of grew and you had concerns from law enforcement persons that were raised about the bill, and so because of some of those concerns I think members started thinking hmmm…”

McBurney says the moves weren’t part of a deal to gain votes for Enterprise Florida funding.  

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.