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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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

On and off: Portia Palmer has been named interim Clerk of the House, and the post previously held by Bob Ward, who is retiring.

Off: Benjamin Smith is no longer a legislative assistant for state Rep. Jim Boyd of Bradenton.

Off: Rebekah Hurd is no longer a legislative assistant for St. Cloud state Rep. Mike La Rosa.

Off: Kristin Bradstreet is no longer a district secretary for state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo of Naples.

Off: Anna DeCerchio is no longer a legislative assistant for Palm Coast Republican state Rep. Paul Renner.

On: Omar Raschid has become legislative assistant for Republican state Rep. Chris Sprowls of Tarpon Springs.

On: Austin Nicklas is the new legislative assistant for Republican state Sen. Aaron Bean of Jacksonville.

Off: Michael Nachef is no longer legislative assistant for Republican state Sen. Garrett Richter of Naples.

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