Weatherford says House committees will get makeover

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Incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford is revamping the House’s committee structure, including making changes that will affect education and regulatory issues.

The changes, outlined in a memo sent to House members Wednesday, include creating an education Choice & Innovation Subcommittee, which will deal with a wide range of issues such as charter schools, virtual instruction and voucher-type programs.

Also, the changes include creating a Regulatory Affairs Committee that will have three subcommittees — Business & Professional Regulation, Energy & Utilities and Insurance & Banking.

Under the Health & Human Services Committee, the structure will include a Health Innovation Subcommittee, a Health Quality Subcommittee and a Healthy Families Subcommittee.

In Wednesday’s memo, Weatherford asked members to provide information by Nov. 14 about their preferences in committee assignments.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.

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