Prison privatization bill in Senate Rules Committee on Monday

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The Senate’s bill that would require the Department of Corrections to privatize all the prisons in 18 counties in the Southern part of the state is up for debate and a vote in the Senate Rules Committee on Monday, reports the News Service of Florida. The committee wrote the bill (SB 2038), which mirrors a proposal that passed as part of the budget last year but was thrown out by the courts over process, and the Rules Committee has already taken some testimony from opponents. But the actual merits of the bill will get their first debate by senators on the panel today. The Teamsters, the union that represents corrections officers, plans to be at the committee in force. The panel also considers a bill (SB 2036) that would allow agencies to move to privatize certain functions without having to spell out the financial case for it until after they’ve awarded a contract. The Rules Committee is one of two Senate committees, along with the Budget Committee, that will hear the prison privatization bill this session. The committee has three hours and 45 minutes set out for the meeting starting at 1 p.m.

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