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Florida Senate kills prison privatization bill

Senators vote 21-19 against secret contracts.

Teamsters say privatization proposal would put thousands out of work, harming communities, families.TALLAHASSEE, FL, February 14, 2012: Florida correctional officers praised the Senate for voting down a bill that would have privatized more than two dozen prisons.

The Senate vote of 19-21 killed the legislation. Senator Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, introduced an amendment to turn the privatization bill into a study, which would have effectively killed it. That amendment failed by a vote of 21-19.

"Florida Department of Corrections officers are extremely thankful to the senators who stood up for us," said Brian Cliffint, a sergeant at New River Correctional Institution. "The privatization proposal would have put thousands of FDOC employees out of work and seriously harmed our communities and our families."

  "They protected Florida taxpayers from spending billions on secret contracts with no public oversight."

Cliffint was among the dozens of Teamsters who traveled to Tallahassee to lobby against the bill. Over the past few weeks, hundreds of correctional officers have visited the Capitol to oppose plans to privatize 27 correctional facilities and work camps and to close 11.

"We are so grateful that a bipartisan Senate majority decided against this damaging legislation," said Ken Wood, Acting President of Teamsters Local 2011. "They supported hard-working corrections officers and their communities, and they protected Florida taxpayers from spending billions on secret contracts with no public oversight."

"The Teamsters are still fighting hard against unnecessary closures of correctional facilities and work camps, but for now, we're very pleased with the Senate's action," Wood said.

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Posted: February 29, 2012

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