I am outraged by what I recently read about a total lack of oversight by Florida legislators in a recent News Chief front page Associated Press article ["Florida lawmakers have much to do in final three weeks," Feb. 24]. The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a private, non-profit organization funded by Florida government "is now under scrutiny after officials learned its president was compensated $7.5 million over three years."
By Florida law, this agency supposedly funnels taxpayer money to groups that allegedly "help victims of domestic violence." With that high overhead paid to one person, I question just how much is going to help actual victims?
It was reported "the Senate is taking up a bill that would strip the coalition's unique status in state law." "The House has already passed that legislation." Well, how about this Senate President Bill Galvano and House Speaker Jose Oliva — was this done to right this obvious abuse? Will a bill be sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis for signature into law?
Republican and Democrat leadership own this problem. What other high-cost Florida programs that enrich individuals at the expense of taxpayers and the folks supposedly helped have gone this long without responsible oversight?
Royal A. Brown III, president, Winter Haven 912 Group, Winter Haven