Gelber asks governor to call special session

May 4, 2010

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Democratic lawmaker wants Gov. Charlie Crist to call a special session to deal with some unfinished legislative business and the threat to Florida's economy from an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Senator Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, asked Crist to include public corruption in a call to bring lawmakers back to the Capitol. Gelber, who is running for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, said Tuesday he's disappointed in the number of scandals involving high-ranked Florida public officials.
The annual 60-day session ended Friday and Crist has hinted at a special session to deal with public corruption.

Gelber, a former federal prosecutor, wants tougher penalties for crimes committed by public officials.

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