Movers and Shakers

SENATE CONFIRMATIONS The Senate confirmed only a handful of gubernatorial appointments during the 2015 session. Among the approved were Public Service Commissioners Julie Brown and Jimmy Patronis and Auditor General Sherrill Foltz Norman. AG Norman is the first woman to hold the position. On their last day on the floor, the Senate confirmed Brigadier General Michael Calhoun, Adjutant General of Read more about Movers and Shakers[…]

Movers and Shakers

SENATE PRESIDENT STAFF Incoming Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) announced several staff positions in his office, with many from Senate President Don Gaetz’s advisors staying.  Reynold Meyer will serve as his chief of staff; Carol Gormley as health policy chief; Lisa Vickers as senior policy advisor; Katie Betta as communications director; George Levesque as general counsel; Read more about Movers and Shakers[…]

Late Summer 2013 Legislative Updates

In preparation for the 2014 Legislative Session, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford announced the interim committee schedule. Committee meetings will be held the weeks of September 23rd, October 7th, November 4th, and December 9th during 2013. The 2014 schedule includes two weeks in January and three in February. Now through the Read more about Late Summer 2013 Legislative Updates[…]

March Issues of Interest

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld the temporary ban on Florida’s drug-testing for welfare recipients.  The Court stated that Florida failed to show that the drug testing plan was so critical that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which bars unreasonable searches by the government, should be suspended.  Governor Rick Scott immediately Read more about March Issues of Interest[…]