Derrell Roberts


State legislatures for the most part, generally prefer to leave social and welfare problems to others, either private individuals or other government agencies. Even though their taxing powers, as well as their legislative possibilities, are not nearly so limited as their national counterparts, the ideal solution, they insist, is “private initiative.” On the contemporary scene, when many citizens believe that some social legislation is necessary, state legislative bodies seem to prefer leaving such important matters to the national Congress, even on a matching basis. In this regard, Florida’s reconstruction legislature was modern, it pursued a policy that is still in vogue today.