What Happened to Accountability in Florida Cabinet Meetings?

Oct 19, 2010, 17:37 ET from Commercial Property Services, Inc., Licensed Real Estate Broker

OCALA, Fla., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ --

Commercial Property Services (CPS) is a Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker. CPS president and broker Sheila Anderson is a voter, a taxpayer, a Realtor, as well as an investor, a homeowner, and citizen worried about accountability in government when elected officials do not have direct communication with their constituents.

Why do the Florida governor and cabinet fail to provide time for public comments at every Cabinet meeting? It used to be possible for private citizens to appear at Cabinet meetings, and speak directly to their elected officials on any subject.

Then if the officials needed explanations or actions from agencies, an agenda item could be scheduled at a future meeting. In the meantime, the elected officials learned firsthand what was of concern to their constituents, without filtering or any opportunity for systemic covering up.

As things have been arranged now by state employees, no private citizens are permitted to speak at Cabinet meetings unless they are given some kind of permission by aides. This systemic filtering raises questions about who really is governing.

What happened to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution which is supposed to guaranty the right to redress of grievances? Supposing aides or agency personnel are violating laws? To tell them the subject of a complaint would enable them to cover up their conduct, and that serves no one.

And, what happened to the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution which is supposed to protect private citizens against loss of constitutional rights by government? The oath of office requires compliance with the Constitution.

Florida Constitution
Article II

(b)  Each state and county officer, before entering upon the duties of the office, shall give bond as required by law, and shall swear or affirm:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States and of the State of Florida; that I am duly qualified to hold office under the Constitution of the state; and that I will well and faithfully perform the duties of (title of office)  on which I am now about to enter. So help me God."

For additional information, contact Mrs. Anderson at 305-372-9200 or 352-245-7441.

SOURCE Commercial Property Services, Inc., Licensed Real Estate Broker