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House, Senate set to designate Joe Negron, Richard Corcoran leaders in November

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The House will formally designate Speaker-to-be Rep. Richard Corcoran and President-to-be Sen. Joe Negron as head of their respective chambers in an organizational meeting on November 22, according to a LobbyTools Legislative IQ bulletin.

Lawmakers will meet in Tallahassee to affirm their already-settled choices in presiding officers.

First, of course, both must win reelection to their seats, a feat recent history has shown is not always a slam dunk.

The chambers will also adopt rules on committee structure, motions, debate, voting and ethics.

 The 2017 Legislative Session will begin in March as provided in the Constitution, though lawmakers have voted in recent years to move the even-numbered sessions up to a January start date.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at

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