The Senate is blessed to have Senators whose talents reflect the experience and abilities of the Floridians each Senator represents,” writes Gaetz in a memo. “In determining the attached committee assignments, each Senator’s subject area expertise and interests were considered, as well as the work we need to accomplish over the next two years. Leader Smith provided a great deal of input in the committee assignment process, and I am grateful for his efforts.”
In his memo, Gaetz notes that he is breaking with past Senate practice and assigning senators to two appropriations committees. “My goal is to ensure that ensure all Senators, new and returning, understand what is included in the base budget so that each Senator can be equipped with the information necessary to make decisions on what should be funded moving forward,” writes Gaetz.
Gaetz says he offered a chairmanship or vice chairmanship to every senator and that five Democrats will serve as committee chairs. Jeremy Ring will serve as the Chair of Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Bill Montford as the Chair of Agriculture; Eleanor Sobel as the Chair of Children, Families and Elder Affairs; Joe Abruzzo as Chair of the Joint Committee on Legislative Auditing; and Arthenia Joyner as Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight. Democrats are also named as Vice Chairs to the vast majority of Senate Committees.
As foreshadowed in Gaetz’ previous remarks, a Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been created to analyze and assess the potential impact of this new law on the state.
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