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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

On and off: Tiffany Harrington has replaced Heather Williamson as House staff director of the Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining.

On: Teri Cariota, formerly an aide to former Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, is now a legislative assistant to Miami Democratic Rep. Roy Hardemon.

On: Venusmia Lovely, formerly an aide to Sen. Dwight Bullard, is also a district assistant for Hardemon.

On: Natron Curtis is the new district secretary for Gainesville Democratic Rep. Clovis Watson.

Off: Melissa Ullery is no longer legislative assistant for Panama City Republican Sen. George Gainer.

Off and on: George Fossett is the new legislative assistant for Miami Gardens Democratic Sen. Oscar Braynon. Previously, Fossett served as district secretary for sunrise Democratic Rep. Katie Edwards.

Off and on: Patrick Steele replaced Riley Baldree as legislative assistant for Melbourne Republican Sen. Debbie Mayfield.

On: Marilyn Barnes returned from retirement to become legislative assistant for Tallahassee Democratic Sen. Bill Montford.

On: Debra Booth is the new legislative assistant for Kissimmee Democratic Sen. Victor Torres.

On: Paula Rigoli is now district secretary for Delray Beach Democratic Rep. Emily Slosberg.

On: Luis Callejas, previously district secretary, is now legislative assistant for Miami Democratic Rep. David Richardson.

On: Lindsay Graham is now district secretary for Orlando Republican Rep. Mike Miller.

On: Sharon Stewart is the new district secretary for Vero Beach Republican Rep. Erin Grall.

On: Nadie Charles is now legislative assistant and Elizabeth Casimir is district secretary for Fort Lauderdale Democratic Rep. Patricia Williams.

On and on: Rebecca McLaughlin is legislative assistant and Kathy Johnson, who was previously district secretary, is now legislative assistant for Orlando Republican Rep. Eric Eisnaugle.

Off and on: Charles Smith, who was previously district secretary, is now legislative assistant for Fort Lauderdale Republican Rep. George Moraitis.

On: Dennis Ragosta is the new district secretary for Ocala Republican Rep. Charlie Stone.

On: Mikhail Scott is now legislative assistant for Cutler Bay Democratic Rep. Kionne McGhee.

On: Nancy Bowers is the new district secretary for The Villages Republican Rep. Don Hahnfeldt.

On: Rebecca Zizzo is district secretary for House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

On: Jack Harrington is legislative assistant for Miami Republican Rep. Michael Bileca.

Off: Janine Kiray is no longer legislative assistant to Clearwater Republican Rep. Chris Latvala.

Off: Constance Baker is no longer district secretary for Jacksonville Democratic Rep. Kim Daniels.

On: Leota Wilkinson is district secretary for Palatka Republican Rep. Bobby Payne.

Off and on: John Love has stepped down as House administrative assistant for the Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining. Lisa Larson is replacing love.

Off and on: Lindsey Locke is replacing Michelle McCloskey as House administrative assistant for the Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight.

Off and on: Patricia Gosney is replacing Joel Ramos as legislative assistant in the Tallahassee district office for Democratic pro tem leader Sen. Lauren Book.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

On and off: Charles Smith, previously district secretary for Broward County Republican Rep. George Moraitis, is now his legislative assistant.

On: Dennis Ragosta is the new district secretary for Ocala Republican Rep. Charlie Stone.

On: Mikhail Scott has become the legislative assistant for Miami-Dade Democratic Rep. Kionne McGhee.

On: Nancy Bowers a new district secretary for The Villages Republican Rep. Don Hahnfeldt.

On: Rebecca Zizzo is district secretary for House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

On: Jack Harrington is the new legislative assistant for Miami-Dade Republican Rep. Michael Bileca.

Off: Janine Kiray is no longer legislative assistant to Clearwater Republican Rep. Chris Latvala.

Off: Constance Baker has stepped down as district secretary for Jacksonville Democratic Rep. Kim Daniels.

On: Leota Wilkinson is district secretary for Palatka Republican Rep. Bobby Payne.

Off and on: John Love is no longer House administrative assistant for the Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining. Lisa Larson has replaced Love.

On and off: Lindsey Locke is the new House administrative assistant for the Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight. Locke replaced Michelle McCloskey.

On and off: Patricia Gosney is the new legislative assistant in the Tallahassee office of Broward Democratic Sen. Lauren Book. Joel Ramos has stepped down.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – the legislative merry-go-round.

On: Lindsey Locke is now administrative support for the House Commerce Committee and its related subcommittees (Agriculture & Property Rights, Careers & Competition, Energy & Utilities, Insurance & Banking, and Tourism & Gaming Control).

On: Anna Higgins is a new legislative aide for Pensacola Republican Rep. Frank White.

On: Ashley Jeffrey has become district secretary for Santa Rosa Republican Rep. Jayer Williamson.

Off and on: Brian Pierce has stepped down as district secretary for Panama City Republican Rep. Jay Trumbull; Cooper Harrison is Trumbull’s new district secretary.

Off: Michael Bowen is no longer district secretary for Boca Raton Democratic Rep. Emily Slosberg.

On: Samuel Wagoner is legislative assistant and Tammy Still is district secretary for Palatka Republican Rep. Bobby Payne.

On: Christina Castillo is the new legislative assistant for Miami Republican Rep. Jeanette Nunez.

On: Dewayne Mallory is legislative assistant, and Gabriel Powell Legros is district secretary for St. Petersburg Democratic Rep. Wengay Newton.

On: Charles Smith is a new district secretary for Broward Republican Rep. George Moraitis.

On: Christopher Melvin is legislative assistant for Rep. Ralph Massullo.

Off: Isabela Dorneles is no longer legislative assistant for Broward Democratic Rep. Kristin Jacobs.

On: Gina Wells is the new district secretary for Volusia Democratic Rep. Patrick Henry.

On: Maria Wimberly is new district secretary for Miami Democratic Rep. Roy Hardemon.

On: Rachel Lockhart is the new legislative assistant for Jacksonville Republican Rep. Jason Fischer.

On: Kathy Johnson is the new district secretary for Orlando Republican Rep. Eric Eisnaugle.

On: Zachary Allen is now district secretary for Naples Republican Rep. Byron Donalds.

On: Ellen Boukari is the new legislative assistant Newberry Republican Rep. Chuck Clemons.

On and off: Sydnie Tiseo switched from district secretary to legislative assistant for Sanford Republican Rep. Jason Bodeur.

On: Kesnel Theus has become legislative assistant for Palm Beach Democratic Rep. Al Jacquet.

On: Ashley Alvarez is the new district secretary and Daniel Martinez the new legislative assistant for Hialeah Gardens Republican Rep. Manny Diaz.

On: Kelly McClure has become legislative assistant and Rosana Fonseca district secretary for Orlando Democratic Rep. Amy Mercado.

On: Roshanda Jackson is the new district secretary for Duval County Democratic Rep. Kim Daniels.

On: Thomas Valeo has become district secretary for Palm Beach Democratic Rep. Matt Willhite.

Off and on: Caitlin Butler is no longer district secretary for Altamonte Springs Republican Rep. Bob CortesDavid Casto is replacing Butler.

On: Michael Scimeca is the new district secretary for Titusville Republican Rep. Rene Plasencia.

On: Josh Barnhill is the new legislative assistant for Orlando Republican Rep. Mike Miller.

On: Jacob Hawkes has become the new district secretary for Neptune Beach Republican Rep. Cord Byrd.

On: Kaly Fox is now a secretary at Pensacola Republican Sen. Doug Broxson’s local district office.

On: Max Flugrath is new deputy communications director for the House Democratic Caucus.

On: Shawn Hall has become legislative assistant for Palm Beach Democrat Rep. Joseph Abruzzo.

Off and on: Brian McManus is no longer legislative analyst for the Senate Majority office. He has now become legislative assistant for Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young.

On: Elizabeth Honorat and Isabela Dorneles have now become legislative assistants for Miami-Dade Democratic Sen. Daphne Campbell.

On: Kayla Bailey is a new legislative assistant to Vero Beach Republican Sen. Debbie Mayfield.

On: Travaris McCurdy is the new legislative assistant for Ocoee Democratic Sen. Randolph Bracy.

On: Nicholas Alvarez and Demi Busatta are new legislative assistants for Miami Republican Sen. Anitere Flores.

On:  La’Toya Jones is a new legislative assistant for Broward Democratic Sen. Perry Thurston.

On: Lance Clemons is new legislative assistant for Starke Republican Sen. Rob Bradley.

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A Thanksgiving poem dedicated to Florida’s legislative process

A Thanksgiving poem dedicated to Florida’s legislative politics.

Authored by Anonymous. 

I am thankful for my wife, my family, my health, and my friends,

Of course, in today’s political process to name them may bring about their ends.

But, no matter, it’s OK, for right this second they know who they are,

They help me to stay on time, be it to the Knott, the CAP or to the bar.

During Session and the Committee weeks I can count on them to make the save,

But I am most thankful because I can count on them to take secrets to the grave.

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I am thankful for the President, the Speaker, Senators and the House members,

I am thankful for staff, interns, bill drafting and those who survived the Novembers.

I am thankful to work in a process where we strive to treat one another with respect,

And let’s all be thankful for the Senate and House Sergeants Office’s who keep everything looking perfect.

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I’m thankful for those who I have shared an office with — some even have achieved fame,

I’ve been blessed to work with and know some of the smartest people in the game.

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I’m thankful for the bills we pass and kill — even when no one has a clue.

I’m thankful for the Old Capitol, the tower, the rotunda and the carpet which is blue.

I’m thankful for mariachi Monday, track and taco Tuesday, pink Wednesday, unguarded chocolate candy bowls and Cuban coffee (well, Diet Dr. Pepper) in the tower,

I am thankful for j2j, the Clerk’s Office, and Sharkey’s, Eatz, and Goodies keeping us fed when the time is seemingly dour.

I am thankful for the newspapers, the blogs and the handbills which I read,

But really I am thankful for my ol’ Twitter feed.

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I am thankful to all those (hey boss!) who gave me the opportunities to serve the people of our great state,

I am thankful for those who I trade political rumors with via pin, dm, text or email- even when the time is late.

I’m thankful for those who make their way to the Capitol and wait in long lines just to get in,

I’m thankful for the festivities on “red square” between the Capitol buildings, although they were more fun “way back when.”

I am thankful to be reminded of SFM and by CD to look around and exalt in what I do each day,

Life is indeed too short to have it any other way.

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I am thankful for those who make me think even when we disagree,

I am thankful for those who serve to keep us safe and free.

I am thankful for “wave close,” and those who just “stand in opposition/favor of this good bill,”

I am thankful for the many awesome historic photos on the walls taken with such skill.

But most of all I am thankful to be a part of a process which allows the freedom to say,

I’m proud to serve the people of Florida and the good ol’ U S of A.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements — both on and off — of the legislative merry-go-round.

Off: Mary Kassabaum is no longer legislative assistant for Trilby Republican state Sen. Wilton Simpson.

Off: Caroline Crow is no longer district secretary for Rockledge Republican state Sen. Thad Altman.

On: Matthew Hunter is returning as legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto.

Off: Sean Nixon is no longer legislative assistant for Cutler Bay Democratic state Sen. Dwight Bullard.

Off: Kyle Langan is no longer legislative assistant for Inverness Republican state Sen. Charlie Dean.

Off and on: Allison Hess Sitte is no longer legislative assistant for Niceville Republican state Sen. Don Gaetz. Sitte has moved to the president’s office to serve as director of scheduling for Senate President-designate Joe Negron, a Republican from Stuart.

Off: Nanci Cornwell and Anne-Marie Norman are no longer legislative assistants for Umatilla Republican state Sen. Alan Hays.

Off: Karol Molinares is no longer legislative assistant for North Miami Democratic state Sen. Gwen Margolis.

Off: Carolina Castillo and Alexandra Rueckner are no longer district secretaries for Miami Republican state Rep. Frank Artiles.

Off: Gabe Peters is no longer legislative assistant for Hialeah Republican state Rep. Bryan Avila.

Off and on: Lance Clemons is no longer district secretary for Monticello Republican state Rep. Halsey Beshears. He was replaced by Chris Kingry.

Off: Andrea Knowles is no longer legislative assistant for Deerfield Beach Democratic state Rep. Gwyndolen “Gwyn” Clarke-Reed.

On: Evelyn Haas is the new district secretary for Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran.

On: Beatriz Marte became district secretary for Kissimmee Democratic state Rep. John Cortes.

Off: Ashley Guinn is no longer legislative assistant for Speaker Steve Crisafulli.

Off: Christian Schultze is no longer district secretary for Tampa Democratic state Rep. Janet Cruz.

Off and on: Allison Hopkins is no longer district secretary for Eucheeanna Republican state Rep. Brad DrakeAnn McGraw, formerly with Baker Republican state Sen. Greg Evers, joins Rhonda Thomas as Drake’s legislative assistant.

On: Nathan Klein is a new district secretary for Cape Coral Republican state Rep. Dane Eagle.

On: Edward Metzger is a new legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen.

Off and on: Karen Sweeney is no longer legislative assistant for Stuart Republican state Rep. Gayle HarrellCatherine Thomson is replacing Sweeney as Harrell’s district secretary.

Off and on: Derick Tabertshofer, former district secretary, replaced Jacob Gil as legislative assistant for Tampa Republican state Rep. Shawn HarrisonBenjamin Kelly is now Harrison’s new district secretary.

Off and on: Sue Berfield, former district secretary, joined Janine Kiray as legislative assistant to Clearwater Republican state Rep. Chris LatvalaKaren Flaherty is no longer Latvala’s district secretary.

Off and on: Amanda Geltz replaced Jennifer Wylie as district secretary for Yalaha Republican state Rep. Larry MetzSara Pennington is no longer Metz’s legislative assistant.

Off: Charkay Suiters is no longer district secretary for New Port Richey Democratic state Rep. Amanda Murphy.

On: Victoria Gagni became district secretary for Naples Republican state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo.

Off and on: Sarah Goldman is replacing Colleen Hartman as district secretary for South Pasadena Republican state Rep. Kathleen Peters.

Off: Lori Moran is no longer district secretary for Sarasota Republican state Rep. Ray Pilon.

On: Nitin (Sunny) Aggarwal became legislative assistant for Orlando Republican state Rep. Rene Plasencia.

On: Jannette Nunez is the new district secretary for Miami Beach Democratic state Rep. David Richardson.

On: Jason Holloway is the new legislative assistant for St. Petersburg Democratic state Rep. Darryl Rouson.

Off and on: Karen Foster replaced Teri Mitze as legislative assistant for Boca Raton Democratic state Rep. Irving “Irv” SlosbergLawrence Victoria is Slosberg’s new district secretary.

Off: Adam Miller is no longer legislative assistant for Melbourne beach Republican state Rep. John Tobia.

Off: Albie Kaminsky is no longer district secretary for Panama City Republican state Rep. Jay Trumbull.

Off: Emily Bleecker is no longer district secretary for Trilby Republican state Rep. Ritch Workman.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

Off: Mandy O’Callaghan has stepped down as policy chief for the House Health Quality Subcommittee.

Off: Edward Metzger is no longer legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen.

Off: Adam Miller is no longer district secretary for Jacksonville Republican Rep. Charles McBurney.

On: Kelly Milner is the new district secretary for Democratic Rep. Amanda Murphy of New Port Richey.

Off: Alex Alamo has stepped down as legislative assistant for Miami Republican Rep. Jeanette Nunez.

Off and on: Matthew McClain has changed jobs from district secretary to legislative assistant for Republican Rep. Charlie Stone of Ocala. Connie Mullis has become Stone’s new district secretary.

On: Ralph Armstead has become new legislative assistant to Orlando Democratic Sen. Geraldine Thompson.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

Off and on: Maggie Mickler is no longer press secretary for the Senate Majority Leader’s office. She has become director of communications at the Department of Management Services.

On: LaQuisha Persak has become the new press secretary for the Senate Majority Leader’s office.

Off: Lindy Smith is no longer legislative assistant for Cape Canaveral Republican state Sen. Thad Altman.

Off and on: Drew Aldikacti is no longer legislative assistant in Inverness Republican state Sen. Charlie Dean‘s office, moving to Clearwater Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala‘s office.

Off: Avery Coleman is no longer Latvala’s legislative assistant.

On: Macey Smith is a new legislative assistant for Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano.

Off: Larry Ford is no longer legislative assistant for Senate Deputy Majority Leader Denise Grimsley.

Off: Maria Nieto is no longer legislative assistant for Tampa Democratic state Sen. Arthenia Joyner.

Off: Daniel Bruno is no longer legislative assistant for Miami Democratic state Sen. Gwen Margolis.

Off: Bret Prater is no longer deputy chief of staff in the House Speaker’s Office.

Off: Gail Lolley is no longer legislative analyst for the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee.

Off: Ryan Cox is no longer an attorney for the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Off: Lara Medley is no longer legislative assistant for Lakeland Republican state Rep. Colleen Burton.

On: Erik Silveira is the new district secretary for Coconut Creek Democratic state Rep. Kristin Jacobs.

Off: Milan Thompson is no longer district secretary for Jacksonville Democratic state Rep. Mia Jones.

Off: David Shane is no longer legislative assistant for Palm Springs Democratic state Rep. Dave Kerner.

On: Marion Dozier is the new legislative assistant for West Palm Beach Democratic state Rep. Bobby Powell.

On: Elizabeth Bolles became the district secretary for Sarasota Republican state Rep. Greg Steube.

On: Adam Miller is the new legislative assistant for Melbourne Beach Republican state Rep. John Tobia.

Off: Macey Smith is no longer Tobia’s legislative assistant.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

Off: Amanda Cogan has stepped down as district secretary for Shalimar Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz.

On: Lisa Goodson is Gaetz’s new district secretary.

Off and on: Kevin Reilly has left the job of deputy staff director for the House majority leader for a new position as legislative affairs director for Gov. Rick Scott’s office.

Off: Gloria Perez is no longer district secretary for Riverview Republican Rep. Ross Spano.

On: Pamila Briest is replacing Perez in Spano’s office.

On: Ethan Perry has joined the Office of the General Counsel as legislative research assistant.

Off: Grace Arana is has stepped down as district secretary for Miami Republican Rep. Frank Artiles.

Off: Irena Sas will no longer be district secretary for Boynton Beach Democratic Rep. Lori Berman.

Off: Daniel Martinez has stepped down as legislative assistant for Hialeah Gardens Republican Rep. Manny Diaz.

On: Joseph Sosa will take Martinez’s place as Diaz’s district secretary.

Off: Peter Campbell has stepped down as district secretary for sunrise Democratic Rep. Katie Edwards.

On: Linda Segall is Edwards’ new district secretary

Off: Kayla-Ann Lott has stepped down as legislative assistant for Gainesville Republican Rep. Keith Perry.

Off: Clarice Redding is no longer district secretary for West Palm Beach Democratic Rep. Bobby Powell.

Off: Erin Muir is no longer legislative assistant for Key Largo Republican Rep. Holly Raschein.

On: Kate DeLoach is taking Muir’s place.

On: Virginia Morgan has moved up to the job of legislative assistant for Miami Democratic Rep. David Richardson. Morgan previously served as district secretary.

Off: Chris Hudtwalcker has stepped down as legislative assistant for Miami Democratic Rep. José Javier Rodríguez.

Off: Alyssa Gay has also stepped down as district secretary for Sarasota Republican Rep. Greg Steube.

On and off: Cynthia Futch will now be full-time administrative assistant for the Senate Committee on Rules. Futch replaces the retiring Cissy DuBose.

Off: Devon West has stepped down as legislative assistant for Cape Canaveral Republican Sen. Thad Altman.

On: Caroline Crow takes West’s place as secretary for Altman.

Off: Tamara Holliday has stepped down as legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto.

On: Alexis Mansolo, previously a receptionist for the Senate president’s office, has now moved up to become Benacquisto’s secretary.

Off: Brody Enwright has stepped down as legislative assistant for Bradenton Republican Sen. Bill Galvano.

Off and on: Rich Reidy has stepped down as legislative assistant for Lutz Republican Sen. John Legg  for a similar role with Clearwater Republican Sen. Jack Latvala.

Off: Lizbeth Mabry is no longer Latvala’s legislative assistant.

Off: Matthew Alford has stepped down as legislative assistant for Hollywood Democratic Sen. Eleanor Sobel.

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Florida Democrats endorse medical marijuana amendment

The Florida Democratic Party has endorsed the 2016 medical marijuana initiative.

The state executive committee unanimously backed the resolution during Democratic County Chair Association retreat Saturday. The Florida Democratic Party unanimously supported the amendment in 2014.

In the resolution approved Saturday, the state party said: “There are hundreds of thousands of Floridians suffering from debilitating conditions.”

The resolution goes on to say those current state laws dealing with medical marijuana “fall shamefully short of providing adequate access to medical marijuana for sick and suffering patients.” Those laws, the state party said in the resolution, “provide zero access to medical marijuana for non-terminal patients suffering from severely debilitating conditions.”

“The Florida Democratic Party supports and endorses the 2016 iteration of proposed Amendment 2, ‘Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions,’ and the campaign to legalize medical marijuana for sick and suffering patients with debilitating medical conditions,” said the resolution.

The resolution then calls on the “Florida Legislature and the Department of Health to work quickly and diligently on behalf of sick patients to implement Amendment 2 if it passes with more than 60 percent support in the general election.”

Lawmakers in 2014 passed a law that would allow a small group of patients’ access to low-THC marijuana. But two years after the bill became law, patients still don’t have access to the product.

The support from the state Democratic Party is the latest in a series of groups coming out in support of the amendment.

In February, the Tallahassee Democrat endorsed the ballot initiative. In the Feb. 20 editorial, the newspaper said: “The potential benefits of the amendment outweigh its drawbacks.” The paper also supported the amendment in 2014.

The Tallahassee Democrat endorsement came just days after the Miami Herald and the Bradenton Herald both backed the proposal. The ballot initiative also has the backing of the Service Employees International Union of Florida (SEIU Florida.) The union represents more than 55,000 active and retired health care professionals.

The 2014 amendment received 58 percent support, just shy of the 60 percent needed to become law. The 2016 initiative will be on the November General Election ballot.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to Legislative IQ powered by LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

Off: Matthew Yost is no longer legislative assistant for Hillsborough County Republican Rep. Ross Spano.

Off: Tradrick McCoy is no longer legislative assistant for Palm Beach Shores Democratic Rep. Bobby Powell.

Off: David Zaret is no longer legislative assistant for Democratic Rep. David Richardson of Miami.

Off: Haley Pitts is no longer legislative assistant for Rep. Irv Slosberg of Delray Beach.

On: Morgan Hatfield is the new district secretary for Eustis Republican Rep. Jennifer Sullivan.

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