Rep. Doug Holder, R-Sarasota, ignored warnings from his own senator, Republican Sen. Nancy Detert of Venice, and amended a controversial bill (HB 7005) tonight to cut unemployment insurance and give state businesses a tax cut. The move bounces the bill back to the Senate where Detert has said any changes could kill the entire proposal.
Holder, however, seems to have called her bluff. He pointed to the wide margin the bill passed in the Senate and said essentially repeated Detert's warning to him. "I think Sen. Detert will support this legislation," Holder said.
"They could jeopardize losing the entire bill if they don't accept the bill that we're sending over to them tonight," he said. "It's on their door step."
Holder's changes included a cut to the state's maximum unemployment benefit from 26 weeks to 23 weeks, a change that Detert has been fighting for weeks.
Reached late tonight, Detert cautioned that she had not seen the amendments but said, "I sincerely doubt it can pas the Senate that way."