Will Weatherford announces a host of new committee assignments in the Florida House

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In advance of the 2014 legislative session, House Speaker Will Weatherford announced a slew of committee assignments.

As reported by Gray Rohrer in The Florida Current the two-term Republican from Wesley Chapel made relatively few changes from the previous session. There were a few tweaks, however, such as moving freshman Republicans into vice-chair roles. He also named Rep. Steve Crisafulli from Merritt Island, who is Weatherford’s successor, as Majority Leader to replace Orlando Republican Rep. Steve Precourt.

One significant change was of Republican Rep. Mike Hill of Pensacola, who replaced Rep. Clay Ford in a special election after Ford passed away from cancer. Hill will be on the House Health Innovation, Health Care Appropriations, Energy and Utilities, Regulatory Affairs and the Civil Justice Subcommittees.

Other committees with new members are the Select Committee on Gaming, with Republican Reps. Erik Fresen from Miami and Jim Boyd from Bradenton, as well as Democratic Rep. Jared Moskowitz from Coral Springs. 

Weatherford also tapped Miami Republican Rep. Jose Oliva to chair the new Select Committee on Health Care Workforce Innovation.

More changes could be coming this fall, once a special election takes place to replace Rep. Mike Fasano, the Republican from New Port Richey. Gov. Rick Scott appointed Fasano to the vacant Pasco County Tax Collector job.

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