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Legislative
Pre-Session Outlook
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Table of Contents

Budget and Taxes ................................................................... 4             Ethics and Elections ............................................................. 63
Commerce and Economic Development ............................. 9                                  Legislative Deadlines .......................................................... 68
Courts ...................................................................................... 15   2011 Senate Directory ......................................................... 71                This Report is Interactive
Education................................................................................ 20       2011 House Directory .......................................................... 73            Hover over bills, legislators and committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                 names to link to online profiles.
Energy and Utilities ............................................................... 26            Calendar of Events ................................................................ 79
                                                                                                                                                                                                 For example:
Environment and Natural Resources ................................ 31                              The Cabinet Directory .......................................................... 84             •	 Speaker of the House, Dean Cannon
Health Care ............................................................................ 37        Leadership Directory - Florida Senate .............................. 85                         •	 Senate Committee on Budget.
Insurance ............................................................................... 43       Leadership Directory - House of Representatives .......... 86                                 Follow links to additional information,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 government reports and presentations.
Real Estate and Growth Management .............................. 49                                Executive Directory .............................................................. 87
State and Local Administration .......................................... 54                       Capitol Building Map ............................................................ 88
Transportation ....................................................................... 59          Capitol Area Parking............................................................. 89




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                                                                                                                                                                            BUDGET AND TAXES
SPOTLIGHT ON
                                                                                                                              The battle over the
  BUDGET AND TAXES                                                                                                            budget will be the
                                                                                                                              dominant issue during
                                                                                                                              the 60-day session
FLORIDA LAWMAKERS enter the 2011 session with                  up with his own spending plan that called for slashing
one looming question: How will they fill a $3.6 billion        nearly 9,000 state jobs and requiring state workers to
budget gap?                                                    start picking up part of the cost for their pensions to help
There are signs that the state’s economy is beginning to       pay for the tax cuts .
turn around. But the state is still not expected to take in    Legislative leaders have been somewhat skeptical about
enough money to fill the shortfall that has been caused        Scott’s desire for tax cuts, but they have acknowledged
largely due to a loss of federal stimulus dollars and          that they are still negotiating with the newly-elected
increasing Medicaid costs.                                     governor. The battle over the budget will be the dominant
GOP leaders have made it clear that they plan to focus         issue during the 60-day session especially since other
on spending cuts and not tax hikes in order to bridge          major issues – including Medicaid reform and changes
the gap.                                                       to the state pension plan – will hinge on what lawmakers
                                                               ultimately decide do about the shortfall.
“My first priority is cutting three and half billion out of
the budget,’’ Senate President Mike Haridopolos said.          Most of the major tax issues this session will also rise or
                                                               fall based on what legislators decide to do with the budget.
But Gov. Rick Scott wants to do more than just cut             But GOP lawmakers also plan to push constitutional
spending to balance the budget. He wants to cut taxes          amendments that would impose future spending limits
by $4.1 billion over the next two years, including cutting     on state government and shield homeowners from
property taxes and the state’s corporate income tax as part    property tax increases.
of an effort to jumpstart the state’s economy. Scott came




                                     Governor Scott’s budget proposal was released on
                                     February 7, 2011. Click here to view an illustration of
                                     changes in positions and dollars by each agency from
                                     the state’s spending last year.
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                                                                                                                                                                               BUDGET AND TAXES
Key Issues

 ISSUE                      DESCRIPTION                                                        OUTLOOK
                            Lawmakers are required to pass a balanced budget by the end        Legislators will ultimately reach a budget deal, but how long
                            of the session, but they will have to figure out what to cut in    it takes to reach one is unclear. One wildcard is that Gov. Rick
 State Budget               order to erase a $3.6 billion budget shortfall. Legislators may    Scott expects lawmakers to enact some tax cuts in the coming
                            have to cut spending on schools and health care in order to keep   year. The question is whether Scott is willing to veto the entire
                            their pledge to balance the budget without any tax hikes.          budget if he doesn’t get his way.


                            Gov. Rick Scott wants lawmakers to cut school property taxes       Unclear. But Scott’s push to reduce property taxes may be an
                            and have water management districts take a two-year tax            easier sell because it would spread tax relief to more people as
                            “holiday” on part of the property taxes they charge to property    opposed to cutting corporate income taxes.
                            owners. Additionally, lawmakers may consider a constitutional
 Property Taxes             amendment that would shield homeowners from increased
                            property taxes when the market value of a home declines. Bills
                            have also been filed that call for a tax swap that would raise
                            the state’s sales tax 2.5 cents in exchange for lowering school
                            property taxes.


                            Gov. Rick Scott wants to eventually phase out the state’s          Unclear. Scott has already made it clear that the corporate
                            corporate income tax over a seven-year period. The governor        income tax is one of his highest priorities even though legislators
 Corporate                  has asked legislators to lower the rate from 5.5 percent to 3      are concerned about giving businesses a tax break while they
 Income Tax                 percent for 2012.                                                  are cutting spending on schools and health care. The question is
                                                                                               how far Scott will go to win this tax break.




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   The Office of Economic And Demographic Research
   released their presentation, “Florida: An Economic
   Overview” on January 14, 2010.
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                                                                                                                                                                           BUDGET AND TAXES
Key Issues

 ISSUE               DESCRIPTION                                                           OUTLOOK
                     Legislation has been filed in both the House and Senate to bring      The sales tax holiday is extremely popular with shoppers and
                     back again this year a sales tax holiday in August. The state’s       retailers, but the state’s budget woes may doom the proposal.
 Sales Tax Holiday   6 percent sales tax would be waived on clothing as well as on
                     school supplies.


                     Lawmakers will consider putting a constitutional amendment            Senate President Mike Haridopolos has made a state spending
                     on the 2012 ballot that would place a spending and revenue cap        cap one of his top priorities for the session so it is likely some
 State and Local
                     on state – and maybe local – budgets. The proposal is loosely         version will pass. House Republicans, however, want to include
 Spending Caps
                     based on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, that has been         cities and counties in the proposal while Haridopolos does not.
                     considered in other states.




                                                                         Gov. Rick Scott has already proposed a bare bones
                                                                         $65.9 billion version of the budget, and he has the
                                                                         final say since he can accept or veto the budget
                                                                         offered to him by legislators.




                                                       Click here to view Governor Scott’s Proposed
                                                       Budget Presentation.
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                                                                                                                                                      BUDGET AND TAXES
Key Players

               Governor Rick Scott. Scott, who              Representative Denise
               has already proposed a bare bones $65.9      Grimsley. Grimsley is chair of the
               billion version of the budget, has the       House Appropriations Committee and will
               final say since he can accept or veto the    have a large role in shaping the budget.
               budget offered to him by legislators.
                                                                                                       “My first priority is
                                                                                                       cutting three and
               Senate President
               Mike Haridopolos. Haridopolos, who
                                                            Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff.
                                                            Bogdanoff is chair of the Senate Budget    half billion out of the
               plays a key role in shaping the budget,
               may counter Scott’s tax cuts with his own
                                                            Subcommittee on Finance & Tax and
                                                            is sponsor of both the spending cap
                                                                                                       budget”
               proposals to reduce fees.                    proposal and the sales tax holiday
                                                            legislation.                               Senate President
                                                                                                       Mike Haridopolos
               House Speaker Dean Cannon.                   Representative Steve Precourt.
               Cannon will play a key role in shaping the   Precourt is chair of the House Finance
               budget since he must help decide initially   & Tax Committee and is working on the
               how deep to cut the budget and whether       House spending cap proposal.
               to set aside any money for tax cuts.




               Senator J.D. Alexander. Alexander
               is chair of the powerful Senate Budget
               Committee and will be one of the top
               negotiators on the final budget deal.




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                                                                                                                                                                                      BUDGET AND TAXES
Key Committees

Senate                                                                                House
Budget                                       Budget Subcommittee on                   Appropriations                               Finance & Tax
The Budget Committee represents the          Finance and Tax                          The       Appropriations       Committee     The Finance and Tax Committee’s
Senate in budgeting and overseeing the       The Subcommittee on Finance and          produces the House’s proposed budget         purview encompasses issues concerning
funding and other financial matters of       Tax generally considers and evaluates    and conforming and implementing              all state and local taxes and select non-
the entire Florida state government,         proposals affecting state and local      legislation. The committee provides          tax revenue sources, and addresses
which is supported by the following          government revenue sources. When         legislative oversight regarding agency       statutory and constitutional policy
subcommittees: Criminal and Civil            appropriate, the subcommittee also       and judiciary implementation of the          regarding tax rates, tax base design and
Justice Appropriations Committee;            examines proposals dealing with other    budget, and also reviews the Governor’s      collection and enforcement parameters.
Education Pre K-12 Appropriations            state and local government financial     budget      recommendations,        agency   The committee may also consider debt
Committee;       Higher     Education        matters, e.g., revenue estimating, the   legislative budget requests, and analyzes    financing policy, the furtherance of
Appropriations Committee; General            issuance of bonds and investment         trust funds for creation, termination or     economic development goals, easing
Government Appropriations Committee;         activities. Committee staff represent    modification. Additionally, legislation      tax administration burdens for state
Finance and Taxation Committee; Health       the Senate in the revenue estimating     with a fiscal impact is typically heard by   and private entities and enhancing
and Human Services Appropriations            process set forth in Sections 216.133-   the Appropriations Committee or one of       enforcement capabilities.
Committee;      and     Transportation,      137, Florida Statutes.                   its respective subcommittees. Budgetary
Tourism and Economic Development                                                      issues dealing with Public Education         Chairman: Steve Precourt (R)
Appropriations Committee.                    Chairman: Ellyn Bogdanoff (R)            Fixed Capital Outlay (PECO) and state        Vice Chairman: Chris Dorworth (R)
                                             Vice Chairman: Thad Altman (R)           employee pay, benefits and retirement        Staff Director: Don Langston
Chairman: JD Alexander (R)                   Staff Director: Jose Diez-Arguelles      issues are also within the purview           Location: 221 The Capitol
Vice Chairman: Joe Negron (R)                Location: 207 The Capitol                of the committee. Appropriations             Phone: (850) 488-1601
Staff Director: Craig Meyer                  Phone: (850) 487-5920                    subcommittees recommend budgets
Location: 201 The Capitol                                                             for their respective areas to the
Phone: (850) 487-5140                                                                 Appropriations Committee.

                                                                                      Chairman: Denise Grimsley (R)
                                                                                      Vice Chairman: Paige Kreegel (R)
                                                                                      Staff Director: JoAnne Leznoff
                                                                                      Location: 221 The Capitol
                                                                                      Phone: (850) 488-6204



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                                                                                                                                                                      COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SPOTLIGHT ON
                                                                                                                       Scott was elected
  COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT                                                                                    Governor largely on his
                                                                                                                       promise to create over
FLORIDA HAS SEEN its unemployment rate shoot up            The governor also wants more control over financial
                                                                                                                       700,000 jobs.
in the last four years from just more than 3 percent       incentives that the state dangles in front of prospective
to 12 percent. The dramatic fallout in the state’s real    companies.
estate and construction industry has helped push the       Scott said his move is also about making it easier to
state’s total number of unemployed to 1.1 million.         give businesses a quick answer on whether the state
Rick Scott, a former health care executive and outsider,   will help them, instead of the businesses having to wait
was elected governor largely on his promise to create      for approval from the Legislative Budget Commission.
700,000 new jobs over the next seven years. Scott          Businesses this year also want help on a pressing
has repeatedly said that he wants to make the state        issue: The continued increase in unemployment
the number one destination for new and expanding           compensation taxes. Lawmakers last year delayed a
business.                                                  major tax hike until 2012, but taxes still shot up this
And to do that, Scott wants to take a variety of steps,    year because some employers hit hard by the recession
including slashing taxes, cutting back on government       are already at the maximum tax rate required by law.
regulations and revamping the state’s economic             That forced the state to increase the tax rate on other
development efforts.                                       employers who were not at the cap.
Scott wants to create a new Department of Commerce         Legislators have responded by crafting an overhaul of
that would place existing programs like Enterprise         the state’s unemployment benefits system intended to
Florida under the control of an agency head who            help lower costs. Some of the changes include making it
would be “two doors” down from the governor’s office.      easier for employers to win legal disputes over benefits.
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                                                                                                                                                                             COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Key Issues

 ISSUE                     DESCRIPTION                                                        OUTLOOK
                           Florida has been forced to borrow more than $2 billion from the    Lawmakers will pass some sort of revamp of the state’s
                           federal government to keep solvent the fund that pays jobless      unemployment compensation system. The only thing in
                           benefits. Employer taxes for the fund have shot up in 2011 due     question is exactly how lawmakers will alter jobless benefits
 Unemployment              to the state’s persistent unemployment rate. Some legislative      and the tax structure for employers.
 Compensation              proposals would alter how the state’s unemployment system
                           works in order to help lower the tax liability and keep down
                           future costs.


                           Gov. Scott wants more control over economic development            While lawmakers may negotiate over how much leeway they
 Economic Development      efforts, including control over financial incentives that can be   give the governor, it is likely they will approve the changes.
                           offered to businesses interested in relocating to the state.




                                                                                                       12%    Florida’s
                                                                                                            Unemployment
                                                                                                                Rate

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                                                                                                                                                                              COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Key Issues

 ISSUE                DESCRIPTION                                                            OUTLOOK
                      Business groups and agricultural interests are concerned that          While conservatives support tightening state law, Republicans in
                      Gov. Rick Scott and others want Florida to adopt a law similar to      the Legislature are not in lockstep on this issue. Plus business
                      one in Arizona that allows law-enforcement officials to question       and agricultural interests are opposed to some of the proposals,
 Immigration          anyone they detain about their legal status. Additionally, there       meaning that the issue may go nowhere this session.
                      is discussion about requiring all private employers to verify the
                      status of any employees they hire.



                      Developers of Las Vegas-styled casinos want to change state            House leaders have already said they are unlikely to support a
                      law to allow “destination” casinos in Florida. Additionally, several   measure to allow mega-casinos in the state. Many Republicans
 Gaming               bills have been filed regarding existing gambling operations in        are split when it comes to gambling, so it’s hard to predict if any
                      the state.                                                             changes will pass this year.



                      Online travel agencies are in a dispute with local governments         The bill to change how online travel agencies are charged may
                      over tourist taxes charged on hotel rooms. There is also a             have the best chance of passage. Any proposal to help – or harm
 Tourist Taxes        proposal aimed at using tourist development taxes to help a            – professional sports teams will have an uphill battle
                      South Florida stadium, but a rival bill would prohibit the use of
                      any tax dollars to help sports teams without a referendum.




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                                                                                                                                                                             COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Key Players

               Governor Rick Scott. Scott, who              Senator Nancy Detert. Detert,
               calls himself the jobs governor, has made    the chair of the Senate Commerce
               regulatory reform and helping the state’s
               economy his top priorities.
                                                            and Tourism Committee, is the prime
                                                            sponsor of the Senate’s unemployment
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                                                            compensation overhaul.
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               Senator Don Gaetz. Gaetz, the                Sen. Mike Bennett. Bennett is
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               chair of the Senate budget committee         the sponsor of immigration legislation
               that oversees economic development           modeled after Arizona’s law.
               spending, will be involved in any changes
               in the state’s economic development
               efforts. He is also sponsor of the bill
               involving online travel companies.

                                                            Representative Dorothy Hukill.
               Representative Doug Holder.                  Hukill, the chair of the House Economic
               Holder is the chairman of the House          Affairs Committee, will be involved in
               Economic Development & Tourism               many key issues including unemployment
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               Representative William Snyder.
               Snyder, chairman of the House Judiciary
               Committee, is the main lawmaker in the
               House dealing with immigration issues.
                                                                                      Read Rick Scott’s complete inauguration speech:
                                                                                      Governor Scott says “Three forces markedly reduce that chance for
                                                                                      success: Taxation, regulation and litigation. Together those three form “The
                                                                                      Axis of Unemployment.” Left unchecked they choke off productive activity.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                 COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Key Committees

Senate
Commerce and Tourism                                         Judiciary                                                     Regulated Industries
The Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism has             The Senate Judiciary Committee has oversight over the         The Senate Committee on Regulated Industries has
oversight over the Agency for Workforce Innovation,          clerks of court, the Department of Legal Affairs, Guardians   jurisdiction over the Department of Business and
the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,         ad litem, the Justice Administrative Commission, section      Professional Regulation. This includes the regulation
the Department of State, Enterprise Florida, and the         of the Florida Bar, state attorneys and public defenders,     of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, hotels and restaurants,
Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development,          and state courts. Subject areas include alternative           condominiums, cooperatives, timeshares, mobile
among others. Subject areas include commercial activity,     dispute resolution, civil law matters, compensation for       home parks, pari-mutuel wagering, and nonmedical
business practices, consumer protection, economic            wrongful incarceration, evidence, family law, interstate      professions ranging from accountants to veterinarians.
development, the entertainment industries, restaurants       compacts, liens and judgments, probate and trust law,         The committee also has jurisdiction over the Department
and hotels, retailers, technology, trade issues, and         state courts system, and immigration.                         of Lottery. The committee shares jurisdiction over the
workforce.                                                   Chairman: Anitere Flores (R)                                  funeral and cemetery services within the Department of
Chairman: Nancy Detert (R)                                   Vice Chairman: Arthenia Joyner (D)                            Financial Services and the regulation of surveyors and
Vice Chairman: Paula Dockery (R)                             Staff Director: Eric Maclure                                  mappers. Some other issues that the committee has
Staff Director: David Cooper                                 Location: 515 Knott Building                                  considered include the Florida building code, gambling
Location: 310 Knott Building                                 Phone: (850) 487-5198                                         and Indian gaming, homeowners associations, bingo, the
Phone: (850) 487-5815                                                                                                      implementation of the smoking ban, implementation of
                                                                                                                           the slot machine amendment, construction lien law, and
                                                                                                                           fees on tobacco manufacturers.
                                                                                                                           Chairman: Dennis Jones (R)
                                                                                                                           Vice Chairman: Maria Lorts Sachs (D)
                                                                                                                           Staff Director: Patrick L. “Booter” Imhof
                                                                                                                           Location: 330 Knott Building
                                                                                                                           Phone: (850) 487-5957




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                                                                                                                                                                                            COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Key Committees
House
Business & Consumer Affairs                  Economic Affairs Committee                    Economic Development &                       Judiciary
Subcommittee                                 The Economic Affairs Committee                Tourism Subcommittee                         The Judiciary Committee considers
The Business & Consumer Affairs              oversees policies as they impact Florida’s    The Economic Development & Tourism           matters related to a broad range of
Subcommittee oversees the state’s            private sector economic activity and the      Subcommittee considers matters related       civil and criminal law issues, including
regulation and licensing of business         state’s role in establishing an attractive,   to the economic policies of the state        public safety and the fair and efficient
and professional entities, consumer          business-friendly environment. The            and the state’s role in establishing a       administration of justice through the
regulatory programs and the regulation       committee seeks to ensure that state          business-friendly environment. The           court system. The Committee’s oversight
of alcoholic beverages, tobacco and          policies emphasize private sector             subcommittee’s oversight responsibilities    responsibilities in the criminal law area
gaming. The subcommittee’s oversight         job creation and retention, while             cover of the Governor’s Office of Tourism,   cover the Florida Department of Law
responsibilities cover the Department of     maintaining the appropriate balance           Trade, and Economic Development,             Enforcement, Department of Juvenile
Business & Professional Regulation and       of business regulation and consumer           which has contracted out portions            Justice, Department of Corrections,
the consumer service activities of the       protection. Specific areas of oversight       of the state’s economic development          Florida Parole Commission and other
Department of Agriculture.                   include economic development and              infrastructure to Enterprise Florida,        criminal justice entities such as state
Chairman: Esteban Bovo (R)                   tourism, business regulation, insurance       Inc. (statewide economic development),       attorneys, public defenders, regional
Vice Chairman: Kenneth Roberson (R)          and banking regulations, gaming and           Visit Florida, Inc. (tourism), Space         conflict counsel, capital collateral regional
Policy Chief: Teddi Creamer                  consumer affairs. The committee also          Florida (space and aerospace) and the        counsel and local law enforcement/jails.
Location: 204 House Office Building          oversees programs and issues that             Florida Sports Foundation (pro and           In the area of civil law, the Committee’s
Phone: (850) 922-9381                        affect Florida’s local governments and        amateur sports). The committee also has      oversight responsibilities cover the
                                             communities, the military, transportation     oversight over the Agency for Workforce      judicial branch including courts, clerks
                                             planning and financing, and highway           Innovation      regarding       workforce,   of court and related court entities such as
                                             safety including traffic laws, driver         unemployment compensation issues and         the Justice Administrative Commission,
                                             licensing and vehicle registration.           school readiness and the Department          the Judicial Qualifications Commission
                                             Further, the Economic Affairs Committee       of State’s Division of Corporations for      and the Department of Legal Affairs
                                             oversees the local bill process.              various corporate filings.                   (Attorney General).
                                             Chairman: Dorothy Hukill (R)                  Chairman: Doug Holder (R)                    Chairman: William Snyder (R)
                                             Vice Chairman: Doug Holder (R)                Vice Chairman: Lake Ray (R)                  Vice Chairman: Charles McBurney (R)
                                             Staff Director: Teresa Tinker                 Policy Chief: Mark Kruse                     Staff Director: Randy Havlicak
                                             Location: 204 House Office Building           Location: 204 House Office Building          Location: 412 House Office Building
                                             Phone: (850) 488-3041                         Phone: (850) 414-9782                        Phone: (850) 488-3088



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                                                                                                                                                                           COURTS
SPOTLIGHT ON
                                                                                                                            The courts now need
  COURTS                                                                                                                    an emergency cash
                                                                                                                            infusion to continue
                                                                                                                            operating through the
FLORIDA HAS BEEN BRANDED a judicial hellhole
by pro-business groups and insurers who are pushing
                                                              fees. Then the paperwork problems banks faced last fall
                                                              made them think twice before filing for foreclosures –
                                                                                                                            2011 session.
ahead with lawsuit limitations. But the 2011 session          and the tap that funded rocket dockets started to dry up.
also will see a push to change and limit the powers of        The courts will now need an emergency cash infusion to
the Florida Supreme Court, including a proposal to            continue operating through the 2011 session.
split the high court in two separate courts that would        Lawmakers are also looking to raise the judicial
handle criminal and civil appeals.                            retirement age, make investigations into judges public
During his swearing-in speech, House Speaker Dean             record and raise the threshold an appeals judge or
Cannon made clear that a majority of the Supreme              Supreme Court justice needs in order to retain their
Court – or, to use his term, five “unelected justices” –      position. Additionally, there is a proposed increase in the
had “endangered (the court’s) reputation for impartiality     amount of time – from five years to ten – that it would
by depriving the voters of the right to vote on important     take attorneys to become judges.
questions put for their elected representatives.”             Yet another measure would increase restrictions for
More than ever this year, courts are hurting for state        participation in pretrial release programs. A 2011 study
funding, especially considering the 600 percent increase      found that most defendants in pre-trial release programs
in mortgage foreclosure filings over the last four years.     keep their court dates but since the state doesn’t keep
The courts received $9.6 million from the legislature in      records on defendants posting bonds there’s no way to
2010 to create “rocket dockets” to deal with the backlog of   tell which method is better.
foreclosure cases, funded by mortgage foreclosure filing




       View Speaker Dean Cannon’s Organization Session
       Remarks, delivered November 16, 2010.
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                                                                                                                                                                                 COURTS
Key Issues

 ISSUE                     DESCRIPTION                                                          OUTLOOK
                           Insurance companies, car manufacturers and health care               Litigation is part of the “axis of unemployment,” along with
                           providers are leading the charge on lawsuit limitations.             taxation and regulation, targeted in Scott’s inauguration speech,
                           The ability to sue insurance companies for bad faith and             and Senate President Mike Haridopolos appears willing to go
 Lawsuit Limitations       “crashworthiness” for vehicle defect cases are in play, along        along with ways to limit lawsuits. Trial attorneys will argue that
                           with sovereign immunity for the University of Miami and              the Legislature already has enacted a series of restrictions to
                           Shands.                                                              limit access to courts, and that the number of tort cases filed in
                                                                                                civil court has decreased by 4.8 percent.


                           House Republicans want to split the Supreme Court into two           Each of the House proposals is a constitutional amendment
                           new panels and grow the size of the court from seven justices        that will require a three-fifths of each chamber vote to pass.
                           to 10 justices. House leaders additionally want to require           Senate leaders have indicated a willingness to consider the
                           appeals judges and Supreme Court justices to get approved by         proposals, but it may be hard to push through major reforms
 Court Rule Making
                           60 percent of the voters – instead of a simple majority - in order   this session. Any amendment would also have to approved by a
                           to keep their post. The House also wants voters to approve           supermajority of voters in November 2012.
                           an amendment that would take rule-making authority from the
                           Supreme Court and give it to the the Legislature.

                           State courts got a $9.6 million shot in the arm from the             Lately, foreclosing mortgage companies are choosing to hold on
                           Legislature last year to create “rocket dockets” to deal with        to their $1,900 per-case filing fees until they’re sure they’ve got
                           the backlog of mortgage foreclosure cases in the state. But          their paperwork ready to go. Since those fees fund the rocket
 Foreclosures              paperwork problems plague the process to the point where             dockets, the whole system will continue to be slow until both
                           more than 350,000 cases still clogged the system at the end          banks and courts catch up with demand.
                           of 2010.


                           Legislators are considering measures that would raise the            The Florida Bar roundly supports the measure to raise the
                           mandatory retirement age from 70 to 75 for members of the            judicial retirement age, believing it can only help the state’s
                           judiciary. They also want to raise the years of experience           beleaguered pension system. But the Bar isn’t ready to throw its
 Judicial Qualifications
                           required for lawyers to become judges from five to ten.              weight behind requiring more experience for new judges. Since
                                                                                                both measures are soon to be connected by amendment to the
                                                                                                same bill in both houses, it may come down to a fight.
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Key Issues

 ISSUE                     DESCRIPTION                                                         OUTLOOK
                           Currently, 28 Florida counties allow criminal defendants to         Similar legislation made it to the House floor during the 2010
                           attend pre-trial release programs rather than posting bond. The     session, but died in the Senate after fierce debate.
 Pre-Trial Release         program seems to work, but the state doesn’t keep records
                           on defendants posting bonds, so there’s no way to judge its
                           efficiency.


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               Chief Justice Charles Canady.                House Speaker Dean Cannon.
               Canady is Florida Supreme Court Chief        An attorney, Speaker Cannon called
               Justice and the former General Counsel       recent Florida Supreme Court rulings
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                                                                                                                                                                                             COURTS
Key Committees

Senate                                                                                      House
Judiciary                                                                                   Civil Justice Subcommittee                   Judiciary
The Senate Judiciary Committee has oversight of the clerks of court, the Department         The House Civil Justice Subcommittee         The Judiciary Committee considers
of Legal Affairs, Guardians ad litem, the Justice Administrative Commission, a section      considers matters related to civil           matters related to the broad range of
of the Florida Bar, state attorneys and public defenders, and state courts. Subject areas   litigation, business law, family law,        civil and criminal law issues, including
include alternative dispute resolution, civil law matters, compensation for wrongful        constitutional     amendments,        real   public safety and the fair and efficient
incarceration, evidence, family law, interstate compacts, liens and judgments, probate      property and probate law, guardianship       administration of justice through the
and trust law, state courts system, and immigration.                                        and trust law. Thesubcommittee also          court system. The Committee’s oversight
Chairman: Anitere Flores (R)                                                                has responsibility over claim bills. The     responsibilities in the criminal law area
Vice Chairman: Arthenia Joyner (D)                                                          subcommittee’s oversight responsibilities    cover the Florida Department of Law
Staff Director: Eric Maclure                                                                cover the court system in general,           Enforcement, Department of Juvenile
Location: 515 Knott Building                                                                including court rulemaking, clerks of        Justice, Department of Corrections,
Phone: (850) 487-5198                                                                       court and related entities such as the       Florida Parole Commission and other
                                                                                            Justice Administrative Commission and        criminal justice entities such as state
                                                                                            the Judicial Qualifications Commission.      attorneys, public defenders, regional
                                                                                            The subcommittee also has oversight of       conflict counsel, capital collateral regional
                                                                                            the Department of Legal Affairs (Attorney

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                                                                                                                                         counsel and local law enforcement/jails.
                                                                                            General) and has historically been the       In the civil law area, the Committee’s
                                                                                            lead subcommittee in investigations that     oversight responsibilities cover the
                                                                                            may lead to impeachment of a justice or      judicial branch including courts, clerks

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                                                                                            Chairman: Eric Eisnaugle (R)
                                                                                            Vice Chairman: Clay Ford (R)
                                                                                                                                         of court and related court entities such as
                                                                                                                                         the Justice Administrative Commission,
                                                                                                                                         the Judicial Qualifications Commission
                                                                                            Policy Chief: Nathan Bond                    and the Department of Legal Affairs
                                                                                            Location: 417 House Office Building          (Attorney General).
                                                                                            Phone: (850) 410-4922                        Chairman: William Snyder (R)
                                                                                                                                         Vice Chairman: Charles McBurney (R)
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                                                                                                                                                                                            EDUCATION
SPOTLIGHT ON
  EDUCATION
FLORIDA MORE THAN A DECADE AGO pushed                      The always-contentious class-size debate also rages
ahead with an overhaul of the state’s education system     on. Legislators last year hoped to pass Amendment
that put in place a system of ranking schools based on     8 to lessen the restrictions of 18 students in each K-3
how students fared on standardized tests.                  classroom, 22 students in each 4-8 grade classroom
Now lawmakers are prepared to go even further. They        and 25 students in each high school class. When the
are moving ahead this year with a proposal to abolish      amendment failed with voters in November, they were
teacher tenure for new teachers and overhaul how           stuck with the restrictive “final implementation” of
Florida’s teachers and administrators are evaluated.       the bill, and many school districts failed to meet the
                                                           requirements. The Legislature must decide whether to          The state will also turn its sights next to digitizing the
Legislators tried a similar approach last year but then-   charge almost $32 million in fines; if they do, the school    materials students use in the classroom. Lawmakers
Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed the bill. This year’s proposal   districts have said they’ll sue.                              are studying the Department of Education’s proposed
is a scaled down version of last year’s SB 6 which would
                                                           Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to offer vouchers to all students      aggressive plan to replace printed books with digital
evaluate teachers on their effectiveness and pay them
                                                           who want one is dead in the water for now, but in its place   technology like Kindles and iPads within five years.
50 percent performance and 50 percent student learning
gains. But it also remains controversial.                  is a renewed focus on expanding offerings for charter         Finally, the lack of money available for education is a
                                                           schools. Former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee,          huge issue this year. Gov. Scott’s K-12 budget request
“I fear a mass exodus of teachers from our high-needs      an unpaid advisor to Scott who also has the Legislature’s     would cut per-student spending by as much as $700.
schools if this passes,’’ one teacher told a House panel   ear, told lawmakers that some Florida districts “create       Scott also recommended cuts to the state’s universities
about the bill in February.                                roadblocks” for new charter schools that will hamper the      as well. The governor’s budget recommendation
Supporters of the measure, however, say that putting in    state’s efforts at real reform.                               zero-funds the New Florida Initiative. Things are
place a merit pay system and ending teacher tenure for     Already a recognized leader in virtual education, Florida     so tight that lawmakers will look, at the very least, to
new hires is about making sure that Florida’s students     will likely look at an increased use of online learning       tightening eligibility requirements for the Bright Futures
have the best teachers possible.                           to plug gaps in instruction due to budget problems.           Scholarship program.



   The reincarnation of 2010’s SB 6 would evaluate teachers on their effectiveness
   and pay them 50 percent performance and 50 percent student learning gains.
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                                                                                                                                                                                   EDUCATION
Key Issues

 ISSUE                       DESCRIPTION                                                         OUTLOOK
                             This year’s version of the teacher merit pay measure aligns with    Lawmakers passed a much more controversial measure last
                             the national Race to the Top program, providing benchmarks for      year. Republicans are solidly behind the bill that will likely be
 Merit Pay                   teacher and administrator evaluations as well as some of the        sent to Gov. Rick Scott early during the 2011 session.
                             $770 million in federal funding.



                             The GOP-controlled Legislature tried last year to change the        Legislators will likely work to relax restrictions – removing the
                             strict limits included in the class size constitutional amendment   requirement for all but core classes and aiming for the most
                             first approved by voters in 2002. Now state officials are           advantageous day to count students -- even as districts aim to
 Class Size                  threatening to sanction districts that are not in compliance with   get out of paying the fines for this year.
                             the class size caps. But several school districts have said they
                             will sue if the state goes ahead with the fines.


                             Broad proposed legislation would significantly expand charter       With parents increasingly demanding choice in public K-12
                             schools, loosen application restrictions and let students opt to    education and legislators ripe to carry out reforms, charter
 Charter Schools             attend them regardless of the district they’re zoned for.           school expansion should move forward.




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                                                                                                                                                                              EDUCATION
Key Issues

 ISSUE                     DESCRIPTION                                                        OUTLOOK
                           Lawmakers say they’re all for digital school materials, but they   Even though the jury’s still out on how to make all Florida K-12
                           want to study how much they’ll cost to design and implement,       learning digital, expect a bit more of the education budget
 Digital Learning          which districts are currently using digital materials well, and    allocated to printed textbooks to be redirected to digital
                           which would be able to implement new technology once it’s          technology as early as this year.
                           offered.


                           Though no specific plan has emerged yet, legislators and others    Since legislators will be looking for money to fund education
                           have suggested both making the program need-based and              wherever they can find it, this could be a target for savings.
 Bright Futures
                           tightening academic eligibility requirements.




                                                                                         Scott’s K-12 budget request would cut
                                                                                         per-student funding by as much as $700
                                                                                         although the governor proposed offsetting
                                                                                         part of the cut by requiring teachers to
                                                                                         pay part of their pension costs.




    Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
    Created in 1997 to reward students for their academic achievements
    during high school by providing funding to attend postsecondary
    education in Florida.
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                                                                                                                                                                 EDUCATION
Key Players

         Governor Rick Scott: After giving             Education Commissioner                                  Representative Bill Proctor:
         up on his idea of “vouchers for all,” Scott   Eric Smith: Smith calls revamping the                   Proctor is chair of the House Education
         threw his weight behind the move to give      way Florida’s teachers are evaluated and                Committee and sits on the Appropriations
         charter schools more money to build and       paid the department’s top priority.                     Committee.
         maintain their facilities.




         Representative Marti Coley:                   Representative Kelli Stargel:                           Representative Erik Fresen:
         Coley is Chair of the House PreK-12           Stargel is Chair of the K-20 Innovation                 Fresen is Chair of the House K-20
         Appropriations subcommittee, the              Subcommittee, and also serves on the                    Competitiveness Subcommittee and the
         spending panel responsible for helping        Education Committee as well as the                      sponsor, with Rep. Bill Proctor, of the
         decide the state’s education budget.          Higher Education Appropriations and                     House measure on teacher merit pay.
                                                       PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittees.




          Senator Stephen Wise: Wise is                Senator Steve Oelrich: As chair of                      Senator David Simmons:
          chair of the Senate PreK-12 Education        the Senate Higher Education Committee,                  Simmons is chair of the Senate Budget
          Committee and author of the Senate merit     Oelrich calls tightening requirements                   Subcommittee on Education PreK-12
          pay measure.                                 for Bright Futures – including making                   Appropriations. He wants to relax class
                                                       the scholarship need-based – one of his                 size restrictions to the point where they
                                                       highest priorities                                      are “rational.”




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                                                                                                                                                                                      EDUCATION
Key Committees


Senate
Budget Subcommittee on                     Budget Subcommittee on Higher               Education PreK-12                           Higher Education
Education PreK-12 Appropriations           Education Appropriations                    The Senate Committee on Education           The      Senate     Higher     Education
The Subcommittee on Education PreK-        The Subcommittee on Higher Education        Pre-K – 12 has oversight over the           Committee has oversight over the Board
12 Appropriations represents the Senate    Appropriations represents the Senate in     Department of Education, the Florida        of Governors of the State University
in budgeting and overseeing the funding    budgeting and overseeing the funding and    School for the Deaf and Blind,              System and state universities, the
and other financial matters of the         other financial matters of the following    school districts, and the State Board       Commission for Independent Education,
following areas: Department of Education   areas: Department of Education (for         of Education. Subject areas include         the Department of Education, and
(for PreK-12 issues), Florida Education    higher education issues), Florida College   public schools, school choice, blind        the State Board of Education. Subject
Finance Program (FEFP), Voluntary          System, State University System, District   services, career and technical education,   areas include adult education, financial
Prekindergarten (VPK), K-12 Non-           Workforce, Blind Services, Vocational       dual enrollment, exceptional student        assistance, Florida college system
FEFP Programs, K-12 Federal Programs,      Rehabilitation, Student Financial Aid,      education, private school, public           institutions, state universities, teacher
Educational Media and Technology, and      Private Colleges and Universities, and      broadcasting, school readiness and pre-K    preparation programs, university research
State Board of Education Administrative    Board of Governors Administrative           programs                                    and commercialization of research,
Office.                                    Office.                                     Chairman: Stephen R. Wise (R)               vocational rehabilitation, and workforce
Chairman: David Simmons (R)                Chairman: Evelyn J. Lynn (R)                Vice Chairman: Larcenia J. Bullard (D)      education.
Vice Chairman: Bill Montford (D)           Vice Chairman: John Thrasher (R)            Staff Director: 415 Knott Building          Chairman: Steve Oelrich (R)
Staff Director: Kurt Hamon                 Staff Director: Kurt Hamon                  Location: Lowell Matthews                   Vice Chairman: Gary Siplin (D)
Location: 201 The Capitol                  Location: 201 The Capitol                   Phone: (850) 487-5213                       Staff Director: Lowell Matthews
Phone: (850) 487-5140                      Phone: (850) 487-5140                                                                   Location: 415 Knott Building
                                                                                                                                   Phone: (850) 487-5213




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                                                                                                                                                                                             EDUCATION
Key Committees

House
Education                                                    K-20 Competitiveness Subcommittee                           PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee
The Education Committee considers matters related            The K-20 Competitiveness and K-20 Innovation                The PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee’s purview
to PreK – 12 education and postsecondary education.          Subcommittees share jurisdiction for issues affecting       includes funding for Florida’s K-12 education system, the
The committee’s oversight responsibilities cover the         PreK-12 education and higher education policy areas.        Department of Education, the State Board of Education
Department of Education, the Board of Education,             Legislation dealing with education issues may be referred   and the Voluntary Pre-K program.
as well as numerous other educational entities and           to either subcommittee. There will be no functional         Chairman: Marti Coley (R)
programs.                                                    difference between the two subcommittees outside of         Vice Chairman: Erik Fresen (R)
Chairman: Bill Proctor (R)                                   their membership.                                           Budget Chief: Allyce Heflin
Vice Chairman: Marlene O’Toole (R)                           Chairman: Erik Fresen (R)                                   Location: 221 The Capitol
Staff Director: Theresa Klebacha                             Vice Chairman: Janet Adkins (R)                             Phone: (850) 488-0482
Location: 313 House Office Building                          Policy Chief: Marleen Ahearn
Phone: (850) 488-7451                                        Location: 313 House Office Building
                                                             Phone: (850) 488-3711




Higher Education Appropriations                              K-20 Innovation Subcommittee
Subcommittee                                                 The K-20 Competitiveness and K-20 Innovation
The Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee’s           Subcommittees share jurisdiction for issues affecting
purview includes funding for state universities, state and   PreK-12 education and higher education policy areas.
community colleges, private colleges and universities,       Legislation dealing with education issues may be referred
the Board of Governors, the Division ofBlind Services,       to either subcommittee. There will be no functional
and workforce education and vocational rehabilitation        difference between the two subcommittees outside of
programs in the Department of Education.                     their membership.
Chairman: Marlene O’Toole (R)                                Chairman: Kelli Stargel (R)
Vice Chairman: Eduardo Gonzalez (R)                          Vice Chairman: Eduardo Gonzalez (R)
Budget Chief: Allyce Heflin                                  Policy Chief: Heather Sherry
Location: 221 The Capitol                                    Location: 313 House Office Building
Phone: (850) 488-0539                                        Phone: (850) 414-6694
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                                                                                                                                                                                             ENERGY & UTILITIES
SPOTLIGHT ON
  ENERGY & UTILITIES
EVERYONE SAYS they want renewable energy, but is              This year, Rep. Clay Ford, R-Pensacola and chairman
anyone really willing to pay for it during a down economy?    of the House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee, says
That’s the question facing legislators on energy issues       he’s working closely on new energy legislation with Sen.
going into the 2011 regular session.                          Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Wellington and chairman of the
For the past two years, the Senate and House have been        Senate Committee on Communications, Energy and
miles apart on energy issues. In 2009, the Senate passed      Public Utilities.
                                                                                                                         energy and not raise consumer cost,” said Barry Moline,
a requirement that utilities receive at least 15 percent of   They’ve heard the same presentations from academic         executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric
their energy from renewable sources (plus another five        experts and agencies on the status of utility regulation   Association. “We just don’t know how to do it.”
percent from nuclear energy) by 2020. But the House           and the pitfalls and potential of renewable energy.
                                                                                                                         Gov. Rick Scott’s role in energy issues is largely unknown.
never took up that bill.                                      Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, is the sponsor of SB       He has said he favors energy independence, but he
Last year, the House passed a bill that would have allowed    282, which would collect 25 cents per month from           has said little if anything about how he would seek to
utilities to recover up to $380 million from customers        electric utility customers to be used for grants of up     regulate utilities.
for renewable energy projects. Supporters cited a study       to $20,000 per home for renewable energy projects.
                                                                                                                         Scott also favors offshore oil drilling, but Cannon and
suggesting that the bill could produce more than 40,000       But a similar measure went nowhere last year. Sen.
                                                                                                                         Senate President Mike Haridopolos have said they won’t
jobs in Florida’s renewable energy sector. But the Senate     Nancy Detert, R-Venice, is sponsoring a measure that
                                                                                                                         allow a vote on drilling after the Deepwater Horizon oil
never voted on the bill, citing cost concerns.                would again establish a 15-percent renewable energy
                                                                                                                         spill last year.
House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, said he             requirement on utilities.
wants a “policy that makes sense for Florida” that doesn’t    “Even though there are these interesting proposals out
“unduly burden” consumers.                                    there, it is still a puzzle of how to expand renewable
         ENERGY & UTILITIES                                                                                                                   2011 Legislative Session Outlook     27




                                                                                                                                                                                 ENERGY & UTILITIES
Key Issues

 ISSUE                      DESCRIPTION                                                         OUTLOOK
                            Florida Power & Light wants legislation that encourages utilities   Any requirement on utilities to produce renewable energy
                            to build more renewable energy or buy it from other energy          is likely dead because of concerns about higher costs for
                            producers. FPL says it’s ready to build 500 megawatts of            ratepayers. A bill that allows utilities to charge more for
 Renewable Energy           renewable energy as soon as the Legislature allows utilities to     a smaller number of projects could be introduced. It will
                            charge for the additional cost.                                     have more success if it’s touted as a jobs bill rather than an
                                                                                                environmental solution.

                            Various lawmakers say the Public Service Commission should          Gov. Rick Scott quickly reappointed Crist’s four replacement
                            be elected, be subject to stricter ethics rules, or legislators     members in February after withdrawing 154 of the former
                            should have the final say over utility rate hikes. Last year, the   governor’s appointments. Those four will make it safely and
 Public Service
                            Senate rejected two of then-Gov. Charlie Crist’s reform-minded      the PSC reform legislation will die if the commission moves
 Commission
                            appointees, while the PSC Nominating Council passed over            along quietly through the spring, as it has been doing since
                            Nancy Argenziano and Nathan Skop for reappointment.                 Argenziano and Skop left.




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                                                                                                                                                                                            ENERGY & UTILITIES
Key Issues

 ISSUE                           DESCRIPTION                                                              OUTLOOK
                                 Charlie Crist, the “green governor,” is gone and his replacement,        Scott’s proposed implementing language to eliminate the Florida
                                 Gov. Rick Scott, is skeptical that climate change exists. That           Energy and Climate Commission will likely get passed as a bill
                                 provides opportunities to roll back the weak climate change              or an amendment. So will HB 4117 by Rep. Scott Plakon, which
 Climate Change                  legislation that passed back in 2008.                                    would eliminate a provision that allowed the Florida Department
                                                                                                          of Environmental Protection to establish a carbon cap and trade
                                                                                                          program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


                                 Gov. Rick Scott said during his campaign that he supports                SB 200 by Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, would repeal
                                 expansion of nuclear energy. Legislation passed in 2006 allows           the 2006 legislation that allows utilities to charge in advance
                                 utilities to seek approval from the PSC to charge for planning           for nuclear plants. But with Scott’s support for nuclear and the
 Nuclear Energy
                                 and construction of nuclear plants -- even if they are never built.      utilities’ support for “cost recovery,” Fasano’s bill likely will go
                                                                                                          nowhere.




                                                                                              Governor Rick Scott is skeptical that
                                                                                              climate change exists.




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    The Commission was created by former Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Legislature in 2008.
    It is the primary organization for state energy and climate change programs and policies.
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                                                                                                                                                                          ENERGY & UTILITIES
Key Players

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               campaign, the new governor said only         chairman of the House Energy & Utilities
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               energy, use of alternative fuels and         energy legislation that passes the House.
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                                                                                                                                                                      ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
SPOTLIGHT ON                                                                                                            In his 2011-12 budget
  ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES                                                                                     recommendations,
GOV. RICK SCOTT drew applause during his                      Committee on Water Policy, says her panel will take on
                                                                                                                        Scott included
inauguration speech when he described regulations as
being part of the “axis of unemployment” – a reference
                                                              “rogue” water management districts.                       $17 million for the
                                                              Environmental groups, which have become accustomed
to former President George W. Bush’s “axis of evil”           to playing defense, are digging in.                       Everglades and
comment.
But which regulations does Scott believe hurt the
                                                              “You’ve got some people who just don’t understand our
                                                              environmental policies, don’t care and have vowed to
                                                                                                                        nothing for Florida
economy, and which ones does he feel are necessary to
protect health and the environment? Lobbyists, local
                                                              rewrite the laws,” said Eric Draper, executive director   Forever.
                                                              of Audubon of Florida. “We have to keep that from
governments and agencies are still waiting to find out.       happening.”
There have been a few glimpses of what fewer regulations      Funding for the Florida Forever conservation land-
may mean for Republican legislators. For example, there       buying program and Everglades restoration remains a
is a push to repeal last year’s SB 550 requirement to         priority among environmental groups and the Florida
inspect septic tanks statewide every five years.              Association of Counties. In his 2011-12 budget
HB 457 would prohibit local governments from regulating       recommendations, Scott included $17 million for the
fertilizer use. It’s a response to Pinellas County adopting   Everglades and nothing for Florida Forever.
a landmark ban on fertilizer use during the rainy season.     “As you know, the focus is all on jobs,” Scott told
Although a similar bill died in the Senate last year, the     reporters. “It’s just a focus on priorities right now.”
renewed Republican war on regulations could give it the
extra push it needs this year.                                Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, and Williams also
                                                              have filed bills that would prevent the state from
Likewise, Rep. Steve Crisafulli, chairman of the House        implementing proposed new federal water quality
Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, says he          standards. Even the Florida Storm Water Association,
wants to get rid of duplicative water regulations that        which has sued to block the new federal standards, says
hinder agriculture and businesses. Rep. Trudi Williams,       the bills may go too far.
R-Fort Myers and chairman of the House Select
         ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES                                                                                                  2011 Legislative Session Outlook        32




                                                                                                                                                                               ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Key Issues

 ISSUE                      DESCRIPTION                                                        OUTLOOK
                            Some senators said the requirement for statewide septic            Even though most legislators voted for the septic tank
                            tank inspections was snuck through last year in SB 550. The        inspection requirement, there is momentum to repeal it. The
 Septic Tanks               requirement, which environmentalists say will help protect         Florida Home Builders Association and Florida Onsite Waste
                            groundwater, drinking water and springs, created protests from     Water Association are working on bill language that creates
                            rural areas and Panhandle counties.                                standards for local inspection programs.


                            Florida Forever received $300 million a year from 1990 to 2008     Given the state’s budget crunch, it is unlikely Florida Forever
                            to buy more than 2 million acres. But it has received only $15     will get any money in the coming year. There is a chance that
 Land Acquisition           million in the past two years combined, as some legislators        lawmakers could provide nominal funding for conservation
                            suggest the state owns too much land.                              easements to pay farmers not to develop their land.


                            Farmers say they need more flexible water permitting to            There may be some tinkering with water use permitting, but any
                            increase water use as future weather conditions or different       substantial changes will be put off for at least a year while the
 Water Policy               crops demand. The House has established the Select                 Select Committee continues hearing water issues.
                            Committee on Water Policy to look broadly at water governance
                            issues.




                                                                                             It is unlikely that Florida Forever will
                                                                                             get any money in the coming year.
                                                                                             Some legislators suggest the state
                                                                                             owns too much land.
    Learn more about the Florida Forever Program:
    The Florida Forever program replaced Preservation 2000 (P2000) which together have
    acquired conservation and recreation lands totaling more than 2.4 million acres.
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                                                                                                                                                                               ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Key Issues

 ISSUE                    DESCRIPTION                                                          OUTLOOK
                          The Florida Retail Federation and Associated Industries of Florida   Critics say HB 457 goes even further than last year’s bill, which
                          say regulations on fertilizer shouldn’t be allowed to vary from      died in the Senate. HB 457 may get a hearing in the Senate, but
 Fertilizer               county to county. The Florida League of Cities and the Florida       opposition still could prevent it from passing, unless a scaled-
                          Association of Counties say they shouldn’t be prevented from         back version gets tacked onto another bill as an amendment.
                          taking steps necessary to clean up local waterways.


                          Agriculture, stormwater and wastewater utilities and industry        Bills that would prevent the state from implementing the federal
                          groups remain opposed to federal water quality standards             standards could stall as Republicans in Congress push spending
 Water Quality            adopted in November by the Environmental Protection Agency.          language to prevent EPA from implementing the standards.
                          Environmentalists say the state’s previous standards were too
                          vague and unenforceable.

                          Gulf Coast residents have continued to protest the claim process     It remains unclear as to what, if any, authority the Legislature
                          that has been carried out by the $20 billion fund set up to help     has over oil spill claims, but that doesn’t appear to be stopping
 Oil Spill Compensation
                          victims of last year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.      legislators from pushing for a better process. Legislators also
 And Restoration
                                                                                               have bills in the works that would urge Congress to add future
                                                                                               legal protections for residents in the event of another spill.




                                                              The Florida Retail Federation and Associated
                                                              Industries of Florida say regulations on fertilizer
                                                              shouldn’t be allowed to vary from county to county.
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                                                                                                                                                                           ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Key Players
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                                                                                                                                                                                            ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Key Committees

Senate
Agriculture                                                   Budget Subcommittee on                                    Environmental Preservation
The Senate Committee on Agriculture has oversight over        General Government                                        and Conservation
the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services           The Subcommittee on General Government                    The committee has oversight over the Department
and the Department of Citrus. Subject areas include           Appropriations prepares the budget for the following      of Environmental Preservation; the Fish and
agriculture economic development and assistance,              state agencies: Department of Agriculture and Consumer    Wildlife Conservation Commission; and the five
agriculture law enforcement, commodity trade issues,          Services; Department of Business and Professional         water management districts. Subject areas include
food safety and inspection, citrus issues, biofuels,          Regulation; Department of Citrus; Department of           environmental land acquisition and protection,
forestry, aquaculture, migrant workers, school lunch          Environmental Protection; Department of Financial         Everglades restoration, clean air and water, wetlands
programs, taxes affecting agriculture industry and lands,     Services (including the Office of Financial Regulation    and other environmental permitting, state parks and
wildlife habitats, and many other agricultural issues.        and the Office of Insurance Regulation), Department       preserves, beaches, fish and wildlife resources, oil and
Chairman: Gary Siplin (D)                                     of Lottery; Department of Management Services             gas exploration, hazardous and solid waste, recycling and
Vice Chairman: Larcenia J. Bullard (D)                        (including the Division of Administrative Hearings, the   many other environmental issues.
Staff Director: Jim Spalla                                    Florida Commission on Human Relations, the Public         Chairman: Charles S. “Charlie” Dean (R)
Location: 410 Knott Building                                  Employees Relations Commission, and the Southwood         Vice Chairman: Steve Oelrich (R)
Phone: (850) 487-5133                                         Shared Resource Center); Department of Revenue; Fish      Staff Director: Tom Yeatman
                                                              and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and the Public      Location: 325 Knott Building
                                                              Service Commission.                                       Phone: (850) 487-5372
                                                              Chairman: Alan Hays (R)
                                                              Vice Chairman: Lizbeth Benaquisto (R)
                                                              Staff Director: Jamie DeLoach
                                                              Location: 201 The Capitol
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                                                                                                                                                                                            ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Key Committees


House
Agriculture & Natural Resources                              Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee               Select Committee on Water Policy
Appropriations Subcommittee                                  The Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee           The Select Committee on Water Policy will conduct a
The Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee             considers matters related to Florida’s agriculture         comprehensive review of the state’s water policies and
considers matters related to Florida’s agriculture           and citrus industries, environmental protection and        recommend legislative actions to further ensure Florida
and citrus industries, environmental protection and          the conservation of Florida’s natural resources. The       uses its water resources in an effective and sustainable
the conservation of Florida’s natural resources. The         subcommittee’s oversight responsibilities cover the        manner to meet future water supply needs. The Select
subcommittee’s oversight responsibilities cover the          Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services            Committee shall report its preliminary findings and
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services              (excluding consumer affairs issues), the Department of     recommendations prior to the 2011 Legislative Session
(excluding consumer affairs issues), the Department of       Citrus, the Department of Environmental Protection,        and its final findings and recommendations prior to the
Citrus, the Department of Environmental Protection,          the state’s five water management districts and the Fish   2012 Legislative Session.
the state’s five water management districts and the Fish     and Wildlife Conservation Commission.                      Chairman: Trudi Williams (R)
and Wildlife Conservation Commission.                        Chairman: Steve Crisafulli (R)                             Vice Chairman: Brad Drake (R)
Chairman: Trudi Williams (R)                                 Vice Chairman: Rachel Burgin (R)                           Staff Director: Karen Camechis
Vice Chairman: Steve Crisafulli (R)                          Policy Chief: Adam Blalock                                 Location: 303 House Office Building
Budget Chief: Stephanie Massengale                           Location: 303 House Office Building                        Phone: (850) 488-4864
Location: 221 The Capitol                                    Phone: (850) 488-5465
Phone: (850) 488-0696




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                                                                                                                                                                        HEALTH CARE
SPOTLIGHT ON
                                                                                                                         The state stands to lose
  HEALTH CARE                                                                                                            about $300 million
WITH A LOOMING $3.6 BILLION budget deficit                   lose about $300 million annually in health care funding.    annually in health care
Florida lawmakers are looking to “bend the curve” when
it comes to health care spending and on the radar for
                                                             The waiver also would make it easier for the state to       funding if the federal
                                                             place Medicaid patients in managed care plans, which
the 2011 session is transforming Medicaid and state
employee health insurance. The Republican-controlled
                                                             is the centerpiece of the House and Senate proposals to     government does not
                                                             bring cost predictability to the Medicaid program. The
Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott are all on board.    Legislature is so committed to changing the $22 billion     extend FL’s Medicaid
Reforming the systems that combined, insure or               Medicaid program from an unlimited entitlement
provide health care to about 3.1 million Floridians will     program that it passed a joint resolution in a November     waiver request.
have ripple effects on doctors, health insurers, hospitals   special session proclaiming its intent.
and HMOs, as well as the Floridians who are covered          In addition to bringing cost predictability to Medicaid,
through the programs.                                        the Legislature wants to rein in its own $1.9 billion
Most of what Florida wants to accomplish with its            state employee health insurance program. Senate
Medicaid program will need the approval of the federal       President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, called
government through Medicaid waivers. Gov. Rick Scott         the benefits “superior” and wants more employees to
recently lobbied Health and Human Services Secretary         use health savings accounts to lower the costs borne by
Kathleen Sebelius to do just that to extend Florida’s        taxpayers. Of the $1.9 billion health care tab, taxpayers
Medicaid 1115 waiver request, which has been pending         cover about $1.45 billion.
since June 30.                                               Scott has already recommended that all employees
The waiver allows Florida to continue to operate an          should pay the same amount for health insurance
annual $1 billion Low Income Pool program that help          premiums. Currently most high-ranking state workers
funds inpatient hospital care. The current waiver            pay less than rank-and-file employees. House
expires June 30. If the pending request before the           Republicans also appear on board.
federal government is not approved the state stands to



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      and uninsured populations.”
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                                                                                                                                                                                 HEALTH CARE
Key Issues

 ISSUE                      DESCRIPTION                                                          OUTLOOK
                            The main thrust behind Medicaid Reform is to place Medicaid          The Legislature has tried unsuccessfully a score of times to
                            patients--the old and young--to use managed care systems for         remodel the Medicaid program. The last effort was spearheaded
                            their health care needs. Lawmakers must resolve whether to           by former Gov. Jeb Bush. With legislative leadership and the
                            include the developmentally disabled population in the managed       governor on board, a sweeping reform plan that relies more
                            care plans. The goal is to reimburse providers a capped, risk-       heavily on managed care and replacing a fee for service system
 Medicaid Reform            adjusted amount. An underlying unresolved issue is how money         most likely will be passed by the Legislature.
                            collected by the counties that is currently used to fund inpatient
                            hospital care is allocated in a new managed care environment
                            and whether the counties will continue to provide money to the
                            state to help fund Medicaid.


                            The Senate has included liability protections in its Medicaid        The state’s trial attorneys will be busy this session attempting to
                            rewrite proposals by extending sovereign immunity protections        beat back efforts by the business community and the insurance
                            to teaching hospitals. Nursing homes and doctors are given           industry to limit lawsuits against automobile manufacturers,
                            protections but, under the Senate bill, aren’t provided sovereign    businesses and insurers. Changes in how medical providers are
                            immunity. The Senate reform package also includes the Florida        sued may be difficult for trial attorneys to defeat altogether.
 Liability Protections      Medical Association-supported requirement that out- of- state
                            and Canadian physicians register with the Department of Health
                            before they can testify in a medical malpractice case. House
                            Speaker Dean Cannon has said he is willing to include the issue
                            as part of the Medicaid rewrite debate because of its importance
                            to Haridopolos.




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                                                                                                                                                                                     HEALTH CARE
Key Issues
 ISSUE                      DESCRIPTION                                                            OUTLOOK
                            Overhauling the state health insurance laws to reflect federal         After federal district Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling that the
                            health reform went from top priority status to DOA on Nov.             Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional and the declaration by
                            7, when Scott and a supermajority of Republican lawmakers              the Office of Insurance Regulation that it won’t enforce the law,
 Federal                    were elected. Since the election, state agencies have returned         the chances of the Legislature updating its insurance laws to
 Health Care                federal grants that were part of health reform.                        reflect the reform are nil.
 Reform
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                                                                                                                   Care Act.

                            To gain administrative efficiencies, a hand-picked task force          A House panel has already announced that it will look at merging
                            advised Scott to roll the various health care agencies under one       health care agencies, but it’s unclear if the Senate will go along
 Health Agency/             umbrella. Scott’s task force recommended merging the Agency            with such a major shakeup.
 Department Mergers         for Persons with Disabilities and the Agency for Health Care
                            Administration with the departments of Health and Elder Affairs.


                            Gov. Charlie Crist last year vetoed a bill that would have required    Scott opposes abortions except in instances where the life
                            women seeking first-trimester abortions to have an ultrasound.         of the mothers is at risk or in cases of rape and incest so that
                            A number of bills on the issue have been filed for this year,          raises the chance that anti-abortion legislation will pass this year.
 Abortion                   from the far-reaching Florida For Life Act, which would make
                            abortions illegal, to a bill that would give legal rights to newborn
                            babies that survived a botched abortion attempt.


                            Gov. Rick Scott and House Republicans want to repeal the               While Scott calls the database an invasion of privacy, Senate
                            law that authorized the creation of a database to track the            President Mike Haridopolos is a strong supporter. This could be
                            use of prescription drugs. House leaders want instead to               a contentious issue over the entire session although lawmakers
 Prescription Drugs         ban physicians from dispensing certain drugs in their offices.         will likely approve the proposed rules.
                            Additionally, lawmakers must approve rules to regulate pain
                            management clinics.




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     Transition Team Presentation of Agency and Policy
     Recommendations.
        HEALTH CARE                                                                                                              2011 Legislative Session Outlook    40




                                                                                                                                                                    HEALTH CARE
Key Players

               Senate President Mike                        House Speaker Dean Cannon.
               Haridopolos. Haridopolos has called          Cannon last year was one of the
               Medicaid reform one of his top priorities    architects of a House proposal to reform
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               Senator Joe Negron. Negron is                Senator Rene Garcia. Garcia is             reviews the day’s and week’s activities of
               chairman of the Senate budget panel that     chairman of the Senate Health Regulation   the Florida Legislature, Cabinet, Courts and
               oversees health care spending. Negron        Committee.                                 Executive Agencies.
               is also a prime architect of the Senate
               Medicaid reform proposal.
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               Representative Robert Schenck.               Representative Gayle Harrell.
               Schenck is chairman of the House Health      Harrell is chair of the House Health and
               and Human Services Committee.                Human Services Access subcommittee.




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                                                                                                                                                                       HEALTH CARE
Key Committees

Senate                                                                                                                  Scott has already
Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human                      Health Regulation
                                                                                                                        recommended
Services Appropriations                                      The Senate Health Regulation Committee has oversight       that all employees
The Subcommittee on Health and Human Services                of the Agency for Health Care Administration, the
Appropriations represents the Senate in budgeting and        Department of Health, and public health agencies.          should pay the
overseeing the funding and other financial matters of        Subject areas include AHCA, Medicaid and Medicaid
the following state entities: Agency for Health Care         reform, health insurance mandates, uninsured, health       same amount for
Administration; Agency for Persons With Disabilities;
Department of Children and Family Services;
                                                             insurance for children, public health services, health
                                                             professional recruitment, rural health care development,   health insurance
Department of Health; Department of Elderly Affairs;
and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
                                                             tobacco, Correctional Medical Authority, and health
                                                             care policy issues.
                                                                                                                        premiums.
Chairman: Joe Negron (R)                                     Chairman: Rene Garcia (R)
Vice Chairman: Nan Rich (D)                                  Vice Chairman: Eleanor Sobel (D)
Staff Director: Mike Hansen                                  Staff Director: Sandra R. Stovall
Location: 201 The Capitol                                    Location: 530 Knott Building
Phone: (850) 487-5140                                        Phone: (850) 487-5824




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                                                                                                                                                                                      HEALTH CARE
Key Committees

House
Health Care Appropriations                   Health & Human Services                     Health & Human Services Access            Health & Human Services
Subcommittee                                 Committee                                   Subcommittee                              Quality Subcommittee
The Health Care Appropriations               The Health & Human Services                 The Health & Human Services Access        The Health & Human Services Access
Subcommittee’s purview includes the          Committee considers matters related         Subcommittee and the Health &             Subcommittee and the Health &
Department of Health, the Agency             to programs, regulations, and systems       Human Services Quality Subcommittee       Human Services Quality Subcommittee
for Persons with Disabilities, the           that purchase or provide health care,       share jurisdiction for health and human   share jurisdiction for health and human
Department of Children & Families, the       health care coverage, social services and   services issues. Legislation dealing      services issues. Legislation dealing
Agency for Health Care Administration,       financial assistance for Floridians and     with such matters may be referred to      with such matters may be referred to
the Department of Elder Affairs, and the     their families. The Committee’s oversight   either subcommittee. There will be        either subcommittee. There will be
Department of Veterans Affairs.              responsibilities cover the Agency           no functional difference between the      no functional difference between the
Chairman: Matt Hudson (R)                    for Health Care Administration, the         two subcommittees outside of their        two subcommittees outside of their
Vice Chairman: Kenneth L. Roberson (R)       Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the   membership.                               membership.
Staff Director: Eric Pridgeon                Department of Children and Families,        Chairman: Gayle Harrell (R)               Chairman: John Wood (R)
Location: 221 The Capitol                    the Department of Elder Affairs, the        Vice Chairman: Michael B. Weinstein (R)   Vice Chairman: Ronald “Doc” Renuart (R)
Phone: (850) 488-9435                        Department of Health and the Florida        Policy Chief: Kerry Schoolfield           Policy Chief: Christa Calamas
                                             Department of Veterans’ Affairs.            Location: 214 House Office Building       Location: 214 House Office Building
                                             Chairman: Robert Schenck (R)                Phone: (850) 488-8315                     Phone: (850) 487-2242
                                             Vice Chairman: Eduardo Gonzalez (R)
                                             Staff Director: Carol Gormley
                                             Location: 214 House Office Building
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                                                                                                                                                                        INSURANCE
SPOTLIGHT ON                                                                                                            Lawmakers are
  INSURANCE                                                                                                             considering sweeping
                                                                                                                        changes to property
                                                                                                                        insurance, including
                                                                                                                        giving companies the
FORMER GOV. CHARLIE CRIST spent four years in a                Gov. Rick Scott has come into office with a much more
pitched battle with insurance companies.                       friendly tone for insurers and talked tough about the    ability to drop sinkhole
When Crist first came into office, he pushed through
a comprehensive package of changes that increased the
                                                               need to scale back the size of Citizens and the need
                                                               to let the free market have more control over property   coverage.
size of a state-created reinsurance fund in order to offer     insurance.
cheap reinsurance to private insurers. That same package       That has led to fresh legislative proposals that would
made it easier for homeowners to obtain coverage with          impose less regulation on property insurers while also
the state-created Citizens Property Insurance.                 changing past consumer-friendly laws that insurers say
Crist then subsequently vetoed bills that would have           are costing them too much money, even in years when
allowed private insurers to increase their rates with little   there are no hurricanes.
or no regulation by state officials.
         INSURANCE                                                                                                                              2011 Legislative Session Outlook    44




                                                                                                                                                                                   INSURANCE
Key Issues

 ISSUE                      DESCRIPTION                                                            OUTLOOK
                            Lawmakers are considering sweeping changes to property                 A comprehensive insurance bill was vetoed last year by then-
                            insurance, including giving companies the ability to drop sinkhole     Gov. Charlie Crist, but lawmakers expect this year’s property
 Property Insurance         coverage. The measure would also change how insurers pay               insurance package to sail through the Legislature and be signed
                            off claims and would place a time limit on when a homeowner            into law by Scott.
                            could file a claim.


                            The state-created insurer, which was intended to be the carrier        Scott and other Republicans want to change Citizens but
                            of last resort for homeowners, now has more than 1 million             politicians from coastal areas will be wary of anything that could
 Citizens Property          policyholders and covers many homeowners who live along                be too disruptive.
 Insurance                  the coast. Some lawmakers want to change state law to force
                            Citizens to shrink in overall size.


                            Motorists are required to carry no-fault automobile insurance          Any changes to PIP will pit doctors, insurance companies and
                            system, often called personal injury protection or PIP. PIP is a no-   trial attorneys against each other, meaning that it may be hard
                            fault program that covers 80 percent of all medically necessary        to come up with a compromise measure that everyone can
 Personal Injury            expenses up to $10,000 and 60 percent of lost gross income.            agree with.
 Protection                 But insurers argue that accidents are staged in order to claim
                            payments from insurance companies and they want lawmakers
                            to change PIP.




    Citizens Property Insurance is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt government
    corporation whose public purpose is to provide insurance protection to Florida
    property owners throughout the state. The corporation insures hundreds of
    thousands of homes, businesses and condominiums whose owners otherwise
    might not be able to find coverage.
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                                                                                                                                                                         INSURANCE
Key Issues

 ISSUE               DESCRIPTION                                                         OUTLOOK
                     Attempts are being made to remodel Medicaid - as well as            The only legislation Florida will pass relating to the Affordable
                     Florida’s state employee health insurance - to more closely         Care Act is SJR 2, which strikes at the mandate requirement,
                     resemble commercial health insurance. Bills that would change       or the centerpiece of the federal health care overhaul. Since the
                     how commercial plans operate have been somewhat limited.            election of Scott and a new Cabinet, the Office of Insurance
                     There is a spate of mandates requiring insurance plans to cover     Regulation has announced it won’t accept the $1 million grant
                     certain benefits. The Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) had      for rate regulation, and that they are not taking any steps to
                     announced that a “major legislative effort in 2011 (would) be       implement federal health care reform in the wake of U.S. Judge
 Health Insurance    confirming legislation” to ensure state law reflected the new       Roger Vinson’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional.
                     standards under the Affordable Care Act and to expand the
                     office’s authority “to regulate rates for the large group health
                     and out of state group markets.” The OIR received a $1 million
                     grant to develop the system to start regulating the markets
                     where the rates aren’t regulated.



                     Florida’s bad faith laws allow for bad faith claims to be filed     This is an issue that impacts insurance companies across
                     against an insurance company if the carrier was not attempting      the board, from life and health to property and casualty.
                     in good faith to settle claims when, under all cirucumstances, it   The insurance industry believes the state has some of the
                     could and should have done so had it acted fairly and honestly      most liberal bad faith laws in the nation. The Florida Justice
                     toward its insured and with due regard for her or his interests.    Association maintains that this is an area of reform that can
 Bad Faith           The insurance companies believe the “bad faith law” is too          be the most damaging to Floridians given that most people
                     vague and should be made more specific. Insurers also want to       have some sort of insurance policy. This will be hard fought
                     block a bad faith lawsuit if the insurance company never rejected   battle and the insurance industry may have to compromise
                     a written offer.                                                    along the way.
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                                                                                                                                                                         INSURANCE
Key Issues

 ISSUE                  DESCRIPTION                                                       OUTLOOK
                        There are a number of workers compensation issues floating        The drug repackaging was one of two bills the Legislature did
                        around for the 2011 session, including one pursued by the         not override in a November special session. This is an issue that
                        Jacksonville Jaguars and other sports teams, and placing limits   pits the medical industry against the insurers.
                        on the amount of money doctors can charge for dispensing
                        repackaged drugs. Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed the drug
                        repackaging measure last year.
 Workers Compensation   State reciprocity for workers’ compensation would prevent
                        Florida employees from suing their Florida employers for
                        compensation claims in other states, namely California.
                        Meanwhile, an attempt to crack down on inflated drug
                        repackaging by capping increases on repackaged drugs could
                        save Florida employers as much as $34 million annually,
                        according to some estimates.




                                        Gov. Rick Scott has come into office with
                                        a much more friendly tone for insurers.
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                                                                                                                                                                                INSURANCE
Key Players

               Governor Rick Scott. Scott is a                           Insurance Commissioner Kevin                          Representative John Wood.
               strong supporter of scaling back Citizens                 McCarty. McCarty is the state’s main                  Wood is the prime sponsor of major
               Property Insurance and the state’s                        insurance regulator and supports reining              property insurance bills
               reinsurance fund.                                         in costs for insurers, including sinkhole
                                                                         claims.




               Senator Garrett Richter. Richter,                         Representative Bryan Nelson.                         Senator Alan Hays. Hays is the
               the chairman of the Senate Banking and                    Nelson, an insurance agent, is chairman              sponsor of legislation that would change
               Insurance Committee, is the sponsor of a                  of the House Banking and Insurance                   Citizens Property Insurance and allow
               comprehensive property insurance bill.                    subcommittee.                                        insurers to increase rates.




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                                                                                                                                                                                             INSURANCE
Key Committees

Senate                                                       House
Banking and Insurance                                        Insurance & Banking Subcommittee                            Economic Affairs Committee
The Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance has            The Insurance & Banking Subcommittee has oversight          The Economic Affairs Committee oversees policies as
oversight over the Department of Financial Services,         of policies affecting insurance companies and financial     they impact Florida’s private sector economic activity
the Office of Financial Regulation, and the Office of        entities in Florida. Oversight areas also include the       and the state’s role in establishing an attractive,
Insurance Regulation. Subject areas include insurance        Department of Financial Services, which administers         business-friendly environment. The committee seeks
products, banks, credit unions, trust companies,             a number of programs relating to insurance companies        to ensure state policies that emphasize private sector
lending and credit issues, securities regulation, fire       and agents, insurance fraud, workers’ compensation,         job creation and retention, while maintaining the
code and inspection, warranty associations, and funeral      state fire marshal and funeral, cemetery and consumer       appropriate balance of business regulation and consumer
directors and cemeteries.                                    services. The subcommittee’s oversight responsibilities     protection. Specific areas of oversight include economic
Chairman: Garrett Richter (R)                                cover the Office of Financial Regulation, the entity that   development and tourism, business regulation, insurance
Vice Chairman: Christopher “Chris” Smith (D)                 regulates financial institutions (banks, trust companies    and banking regulations, gaming and consumer affairs.
Staff Director: Steve Burgess                                and credit unions), securities and investments,             The committee also oversees programs and issues that
Location: 320 Knott Building                                 loan originators, mortgage brokers, debt settlement         affect Florida’s local governments and communities,
Phone: (850) 487-5361                                        companies, collection agencies and various lenders such     the military, transportation planning and financing, and
                                                             as consumer finance companies, title loan companies,        highway safety including traffic laws, driver licensing
                                                             retail installment sales providers, pawnbrokers and         and vehicle registration. Further, the Economic Affairs
                                                             money transmitters. The subcommittee also oversees          Committee oversees the local bill process.
                                                             the Office of Insurance Regulation, the entity that         Chairman: Dorothy Hukill (R)
                                                             regulates insurance companies and insurance agents.         Vice Chairman: Doug Holder (R)
                                                             Chairman: Bryan Nelson (R)                                  Staff Director: Teresa Tinker
                                                             Vice Chairman: John Wood (R)                                Location: 204 House Office Building
                                                             Policy Chief: Tom Cooper                                    Phone: (850) 488-3041
                                                             Location: 204 House Office Building
                                                             Phone: (850) 414-7365




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                                                                                                                                                                                               REAL ESTATE AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT
SPOTLIGHT ON
  REAL ESTATE AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT

NOW THAT THE QUESTION of whether Gov. Rick                   DCA Secretary Billy Buzzett told Bennett’s committee
Scott will keep the state’s growth management agency         in February that the Legislature should consider a
has been answered, a new question arises: What will          less “top-heavy” approach to growth management. He
replace it?                                                  suggests expanding the use of the “alternative state
The Department of Community Affairs has long been            review process” pilot program, created in 2007, to allow
the target of developers and the new House and Senate        statewide participation.                                       Florida Association of Home Builders and the Florida
leadership. Scott has called the agency a “job killer,”      The process reduces the length of time for review by the       Land Council.
even though it approved 1.5 billion square feet of new       state and limits the focus to regional issues. The state, he   The groups want to repeal the DCA’s Rule 9J-5 dealing
commercial and office space and nearly 600,000 housing       said, also should require sector planning for areas greater    with growth management and revise the process for
units since 2007.                                            than 5,000 acres to allow a longer planning time frame         amending local growth plans. Bennett agrees with the
As part of his 2011-12 budget recommendations,               and provide incentives for landowners. Both proposals          groups and the governor’s office that portions of the rule
Scott proposed eliminating the Florida Department of         will require state law changes, Buzzett said.                  should be placed in law and the rest should be scrapped.
Community Affairs. The number of planners would be           Some environmental groups say they’re OK with                  Meanwhile, Bennett and Rep. Ritch Workman,
reduced from 61 now to only 10, and they would be            refocusing growth away from urban areas if there is an         R-Melbourne and chairman of the House Community
housed at the Florida Department of Environmental            emphasis on protecting regionally significant natural          & Military Affairs Subcommittee, are sponsoring bills
Protection.                                                  resources. But reducing the number of state planners           to fix the Legislature’s last major rewrite of growth
Even environmental groups see fighting to protect DCA        to 10 doesn’t leave enough people to provide adequate          management laws from two years ago. The measure,
as a losing battle. The coming debate will be over shaping   state oversight, said Charles Pattison, president of 1000      known as SB 360, was thrown out last August by a circuit
the new growth management landscape.                         Friends of Florida.                                            court judge in Leon County.
“You will expect a major growth management bill to be        The Florida Chamber of Commerce also is leading a push
coming out of the House and the Senate,” said Sen.           to reform state growth management laws. Other groups
Mike Bennett, chairman of the Senate Committee on            supporting the push are Associated Industries of Florida,
Community Affairs.                                           the Association of Florida Community Developers, the
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                                                                                                                                                                           REAL ESTATE AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT
Key Issues

 ISSUE                DESCRIPTION                                                            OUTLOOK
                      Gov. Rick Scott has proposed eliminating DCA and moving                Key Republicans like the idea of returning growth management
                      its planning functions to the Department of Environmental              decisions back to local government. The best that critics can
 Department of        Protection. DCA proposes scaling back review to large                  hope for is to save more than 10 planner positions when they
 Community Affairs    landholdings and areas of critical concern.                            get moved over to DEP.



                      Lawmakers have capped the amount of money that flows into              While lawmakers may be willing to reduce existing funding for
                      the state’s affordable housing programs from a tax on real estate      affordable housing, it is unlikely that they would completely
                      transactions. Florida’s Realtors either want the tax cut, or for the   eliminate the set-aside for the program.
                      money to be spent only on affordable housing. Gov. Rick Scott,
 Affordable Housing   however, wants to collapse the trust funds used for affordable
                      housing into the general revenue account and force affordable
                      housing programs to compete against items such as schools
                      and health care.


                      Circuit Judge Charles Francis in August said that the last major       The bills to fix SB 360 will sail through the House and Senate.
                      growth management bill, adopted in 2009, was unconstitutional,         Efforts by Democrats and environmentalists to raise their
                      because it was an unfunded mandate and it contained more than          underlying growth management concerns will largely be ignored.
 Concurrency Fix      one subject. The bill removed a requirement that developers pay
                      for new roads and removed state oversight of development in
                      “dense urban land-use areas” that critics say are not dense at
                      all. Legislators are breaking up the 2009 law into separate bills.
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                                                                                                                                                                       REAL ESTATE AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT
Key Issues

 ISSUE               DESCRIPTION                                                          OUTLOOK
                     Business groups say the state approval process for local             Even with backing from Scott to eliminate 9J-5 and many growth
 Growth              development stifles creativity. They want to repeal the state’s      regulations, business groups may not be able to get everything
 Management          growth management rule, DCA rule 9J-5, and put some parts of         they want. The Legislature faces a challenge in revamping
 Law                 it into state law as they revamp growth management laws.             growth laws once the session has begun.




                                                                       DCA Secretary Billy Buzzett suggests expanding the
                                                                       use of the “alternative state review process” pilot
                                                                       program as a “less top-heavy” approach to allowing
                                                                       statewide participation in growth management.




                                                                     Read Rule 9J-5 of the Florida Administtrative Code which
                                                                     establishes the minimum criteria for review of local
                                                                     government comprehensive plans and plan amendments.
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                                                                                                                                   REAL ESTATE AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT
Key Players

               Governor Rick Scott. He proposed
               eliminating the Department of Community
               Affairs in his budget recommendations
               and has repeatedly called DCA a “job
               killer.”                                     Gov. Rick Scott has proposed eliminating
                                                            DCA and moving its planning functions
                                                            to the Department of Environmental
               Senator Mike Bennett. He is
               chairman of the Senate Committee on
                                                            Protection.
               Community Affairs, where he will play
               a key role in any growth management
               legislation.




              DCA Secretary Billy Buzzett. The
              former St. Joe Co. executive recommends
              refocusing state review of growth
              management away from urban areas to
              large undeveloped areas.




              Representative Ritch Workman.
              He is chairman of the House Community
              & Military Affairs Subcommittee, where
              he will play a key role in any growth
              management legislation.




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                                                                                                                                                                                             REAL ESTATE AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT
Key Committees

Senate                                                                                    House
Community Affairs                             Regulated Industries                        Community & Military Affairs                   Economic Affairs Committee
The Senate Committee on Community             The Senate Committee on Regulated           Subcommittee                                   The Economic Affairs Committee
Affairs oversees a broad range of issues      Industries has jurisdiction over the        The      subcommittee         has    primary   oversees policies as they impact Florida’s
relating to local governments; community      Department of Business and Professional     responsibility for the local bill process.     private sector economic activity and the
development        districts;  homestead      Regulation. This includes the regulation    This process is designed to ensure that        state’s role in establishing an attractive,
exemptions; property assessment and           of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, hotels     each local bill has a public hearing in the    business-friendly environment. The
taxation; growth management; affordable       and      restaurants,     condominiums,     local area affected and that the economic      committee seeks to ensure state policies
housing; building code and inspection;        cooperatives,      timeshares,   mobile     impacts of the bill, if any, are determined.   emphasize private sector job creation
zoning and siting; local government           home parks, pari-mutuel wagering,           Also included in the subcommittee’s            and retention, while maintaining the
finance and taxation; impact fees;            and nonmedical professions ranging          subject areas are active military              appropriate balance of business regulation
mandates; eminent domain; retirement          from accountants to veterinarians.          issues, growth management, housing,            and consumer protection. Specific
issues for local employees; homeowners        The committee also has jurisdiction         community programs such as historical          areas of oversight include economic
associations; disaster preparedness;          over the Department of Lottery. The         and cultural affairs and libraries, other      development and tourism, business
community redevelopment; enterprise           committee shares jurisdiction over the      community related grants and services,         regulation, insurance and banking
zones; coastal management; ADA and            funeral and cemetery services within the    and emergency management. The                  regulations, gaming and consumer
handicapped parking. The committee            Department of Financial Services and        subcommittee’s responsibilities cover          affairs. The committee also oversees
oversees the Department of Community          the regulation of surveyors and mappers.    oversight of the Department of Military        programs and issues that affect Florida’s
Affairs, Regional Planning Councils,          Some other issues that the committee        Affairs and the Florida National Guard,        local governments and communities,
and the Florida Housing Finance               has considered include the Florida          the Department of Community Affairs,           the military, transportation planning and
Corporation.                                  building code, gambling and Indian          the Division of Emergency Management,          financing, and highway safety including
Chairman: Bennett, Michael S. ‘’Mike’’ (R)    gaming, homeowners associations, bingo,     the Florida Housing Finance Corporation        traffic laws, driver licensing and vehicle
Vice Chairman: Jim Norman (R)                 the implementation of the smoking ban,      and the historical, cultural and library       registration. Further, the Economic
Staff Director: Tom Yeatman                   implementation of the slot machine          activities of the Department of State.         Affairs Committee oversees the local bill
Location: 315 Knott Building                  amendment, construction lien law, and       Chairman: Ritch Workman (R)                    process.
Phone: (850) 487-5167                         fees on tobacco manufacturers.              Vice Chairman: Ed Hooper (R)                   Chairman: Dorothy Hukill (R)
                                              Chairman: Dennis Jones (R)                  Policy Chief: Barbara Hoagland                 Vice Chairman: Doug Holder (R)
                                              Vice Chairman: Maria Lorts Sachs (D)        Location: 218 House Office Building            Staff Director: Teresa Tinker
                                              Staff Director: Patrick L. “Booter” Imhof   Phone: (850) 410-4905                          Location: 204 House Office Building
                                              Location: 330 Knott Building                                                               Phone: (850) 488-3041
                                              Phone: (850) 487-5957

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                                                                                                                                                                     STATE AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION
SPOTLIGHT ON                                                                                                           Scott wants to
                                                                                                                       restructure state
  STATE AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION                                                                                       government by
                                                                                                                       shuttering the
                                                                                                                       Department of
                                                                                                                       Community Affairs
A NEWLY ELECTED GOVERNOR who has vowed                     Gov. Rick Scott has unveiled sweeping changes to the
to slash the size of state government and a nearly $4      state pension plan, including requiring employees to
billion budget shortfall have prompted state lawmakers     start paying part of the cost of their pensions for the
to consider serious changes to everything from the         first time since 1975. Scott also wants to shut down
structure of state government to altering pension and      the existing pension plan to new enrollees and instead
benefits for state employees.                              shift new workers to a pension plan that more closely
Top Republicans say it’s no longer “fair” to allow state   resembles a 401(k)-styled plan.
workers, teachers and others to have benefits that are     Additionally, Scott wants to restructure state government
more generous than those of employees of private           by shuttering the Department of Community Affairs,
companies. And that’s prompting discussion of far-         consolidating administrative functions into a revamped
reaching changes to both state and local pensions.         Department of Management Services and creating a
“We just want to bring those in line,’’ said Senate        new agency to handle economic development efforts.
President Mike Haridopolos.                                Scott’s new agency – which he has called the Department
Public employees usually have pension plans in one of      of Commerce – would bring all of the state’s economic
two places. Most municipal employees have pension          development programs underneath one person.
plans administered by local governments. The Florida       Legislators may also consider consolidation of health-
Retirement System, meanwhile, covers roughly 900,000       related agencies such as the Department of Health and
active and retired state workers, teachers and county      the Agency for Health Care Administration.
employees across the state.
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                                                                                                                                                                                   STATE AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION
Key Issues

 ISSUE                       DESCRIPTION                                                          OUTLOOK
                             Gov. Rick Scott has proposed major changes to the Florida            The GOP-controlled Legislature is likely to pass some type of
                             Retirement System, including closing off the current pension         pension bill, but the final version probably won’t include all of the
 Pension Reform              plan to new enrollees and requiring everyone to pay 5 percent        governor’s suggested changes.
                             of their salary. Legislators are also considering major changes to
                             both state and local pension plans.


                             Several proposals have emerged that would reshape state              Scott’s plan to consolidate economic development functions in a
 Agency                      government, from the creation of a new Department of                 new Department of Commerce appears the most likely to pass
 Reorganizations             Commerce to consolidating purchasing functions within the            during the 2011 session.
                             Department of Management Services.


                             Sen. J.D. Alexander wants limits on certain types of state agency    Some type of contracting reforms may pass, but it’s unclear
 State Contracting           contracts and he wants lawmakers to be notified before agencies      whether Scott will support the move, since it could be seen as a
 Reforms                     sign contracts that are worth more than $10 million a year.          limitation on the executive branch.
                             Former Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a similar bill two years ago.


                             State employees have not been granted a pay raise since 2006         Scott may win approval for his bonus proposal and other benefit
                             and are unlikely to get one this coming year. But Scott did          changes are possible.
 State Employee              recommend that lawmakers give agency heads the ability to
 Benefits                    award bonuses. Additionally, legislators are considering changing
                             other employee benefits.




   Governor Scott wants to modernize the Florida Retirement System
   Read his February 1, 2011 press release announcing his intention to require state
   workers to contribute to their pension plans.
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                                                                                                                                                                     STATE AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION
Key Players

               Governor Rick Scott. Scott                   Senator Jeremy Ring. Ring is
               is pushing for the creation of a new         chairman of the Senate Governmental
               Department of Commerce and is                Oversight and Accountability Committee
               advocating a major overhaul of the state’s
               pension plan.
                                                            and the main sponsor of the Senate
                                                            legislation on state and local pensions.
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               Budget Committee, is pushing for state       will draw up legislation to reorganize     Executive Agencies.
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                                                                                                                                                                           STATE AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION
Key Committees

Senate
Budget                                                     Governmental Oversight and Accountability
                                                                                                                        First to Know.
The Budget Committee represents the Senate in
budgeting and overseeing the funding and other financial
matters of the entire Florida state government, which is
                                                           The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability
                                                           Committee has oversight of the Agency for Enterprise
                                                           Information Technology, the Department of Management
                                                                                                                        First to Act.
supported by the following subcommittees: Criminal         Services, the Department of State, the Division of
and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee; Education      Administrative Hearings, the Executive Office of the
Pre K-12 Appropriations Committee; Higher Education        Governor, and the State Board of Administration,
Appropriations Committee; General Government               among others. Subject areas include administrative
Appropriations Committee; Finance and Taxation             procedures, advisory councils, employee benefits,
Committee; Health and Human Services Appropriations        historical and cultural programs, inspectors general,
Committee; and Transportation, Tourism and Economic        interstate compacts, libraries, privatization, procurement
Development Appropriations Committee.                      and contracting, public employees, state facilities, state
Chairman: JD Alexander (R)                                 organization and structure, state retirement system, and
Vice Chairman: Joe Negron (R)                              whistleblowers.
Staff Director: Craig Meyer                                Chairman: Jeremy Ring (R)
Location: 201 The Capitol                                  Vice Chairman: Gary Siplin (D)
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Phone: (850) 487-5140                                      Staff Director: Dawn Roberts
                                                           Location: 525 Knott Building
                                                           Phone: (850) 487-5177




          Top Republicans say it’s no longer “fair” to allow state workers,
          teachers and others to have benefits that are more generous than
          those of employees of private companies.
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                                                                                                                                                                                           STATE AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION
Key Committees

House
Appropriations                               Government Operations                        State Affairs                                Select Committee on
The       Appropriations       Committee     Subcommittee                                 The State Affairs Committee considers        Government Reorganization
produces the House’s proposed budget         The         Government        Operations     matters related to the oversight and         The Select Committee on Government
and conforming and implementing              Subcommittee considers matters related       use of state resources, including            Reorganization’s initial charge will be
legislation. The committee provides          to state agency governance, including        issues relating to Florida’s agriculture     twofold: first, to look at government
legislative oversight regarding agency       organization and structure, operating        and citrus industries, environmental         programs that purport to promote or
and judiciary implementation of the          procedures and staffing, oversight and       protection, the conservation of Florida’s    regulate private sector economic activity;
budget, and also reviews the Governor’s      accountability, public records and           natural resources, energy, utilities and     and second, to look at government
budget      recommendations,        agency   open meetings, collective bargaining         telecommunications regulation, state         programs involved with health and human
legislative budget requests, and analyzes    and impasse, ethics and elections, and       agency governance, ethics and elections,     service delivery systems. As time permits,
trust funds for creation, termination or     employee retirement and pensions. The        and      state/federal   relations.   The    the select committee may also pursue
modification. Additionally, legislation      subcommittee’s oversight responsibilities    committee’s oversight responsibilities       government reorganization initiatives
with a fiscal impact is typically heard by   cover the Agency for Enterprise              cover the Department of Agriculture and      in other areas. The select committee is
the Appropriations Committee or one of       Information Technology, the Department       Consumer Services (excluding consumer        also encouraged to look beyond statutory
its respective subcommittees. Budgetary      of Management Services, the Department       affairs issues), the Department of Citrus,   changes and consider possible ballot
issues dealing with Public Education         of the Lottery, the Division of Elections    the Department of Environmental              initiatives. More than a decade after
Fixed Capital Outlay (PECO) and state        within the Department of State and           Protection, the state’s five water           the last Cabinet reorganization, now is
employee pay, benefits and retirement        the State Board of Administration. In        management districts, the Fish and           an opportune time to examine whether
issues are also within the purview           addition, the subcommittee assists with      Wildlife Conservation Commission, the        the centralization of authority associated
of the committee. Appropriations             initiatives designed to evaluate agency      Florida Public Service Commission, the       with those constitutional changes
subcommittees recommend budgets              spending and delivery of quality services.   Florida Energy & Climate Commission          has produced the expected or desired
for their respective areas to the            Chairman: Jimmy T. Patronis (R)              within the Executive Office of the           outcomes.
Appropriations Committee.                    Vice Chairman: Debbie Mayfield (R)           Governor, the Governor and Cabinet           Chairman: John Legg (R)
Chairman: Denise Grimsley (R)                Policy Chief: Heather Williamson             sitting as the Utility Siting Board, and     Vice Chairman: Gary Aubuchon (R)
Vice Chairman: Paige Kreegel (R)             Location: 317 House Office Building          the Florida Energy Systems Consortium        Staff Directors: Carol Gormley and Teresa
Staff Director: JoAnne Leznoff               Phone: (850) 488-6853                        comprised of the 11 state universities.      Tinkler
Location: 221 The Capitol                                                                 Chairman: Seth McKeel (R)                    Location: 214 House Office Building
Phone: (850) 488-6204                                                                     Vice Chairman: Jimmy T. Patronis (R)         Phone: (850) 414-5600
                                                                                          Staff Director: Tom Hamby
                                                                                          Location: 303 House Office Building
                                                                                          Phone: (850) 488-4864
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                                                                                                                                                                                TRANSPORTATION
                                                                                                                              “There are a number of
SPOTLIGHT ON                                                                                                                  worthy infrastructure

  TRANSPORTATION                                                                                                              projects that deserve our
                                                                                                                              attention, and as Floridians,
                                                                                                                              we know best where
Gov. Rick Scott created a bit of high drama when on           SunRail commuter rail project in Central Florida and
                                                                                                                              our resources should be
the eve of the session he rejected $2.4 billion in high       said that it remains under “review.”                            focused.”
speed rail funding from the federal government.               While Scott recommended collapsing various trust fund,
There was an effort to salvage the deal - and even a          he left the transportation trust fund largely unharmed.
                                                                                                                              Governor Rick Scott
lawsuit challenging Scott - but in the end the governor’s     But legislators could look to the fund to plug budget
opposition scuttled the project.                              gaps. They attempted a raid on the fund during the 2010
Now the question is what’s next?                              session, but were stopped by then-Gov. Charlie Crist.

Florida originally agreed to put up $280 million for          Overall funding for transportation will drop to $9.3 billion
the high-speed rail project, while the state had already      next year and just less than $8.8 billion the following year.
appropriated $130 million and spent $110 million before       This could have an impact on the state’s plan to expand its
Scott’s decision. The remaining money left over from the      ports to prepare for larger ships after the widening of the
project will now be dispersed to other areas.                 Panama Canal. However, Scott has also said that more
                                                              infrastructure projects for Florida’s roads are necessary to
Scott has already begun to look at other transportation       accommodate for the increase in shipments that the state
projects around the state after refusing the federal funds.   will receive by expanding its ports.
“There are a number of worthy infrastructure projects         Florida will also consider a wide range of new and
that deserve our attention, and as Floridians, we know        existing driving regulations. The Florida Department of
best where our resources should be focused,” Scott said.      Transportation will also likely have a new secretary by
But the drama and battle over transportation projects         the end of the 2011 session.
may not yet be over. Scott has halted contracts for the
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                                                                                                                                                                                   TRANSPORTATION
Key Issues

 ISSUE                      DESCRIPTION                                                           OUTLOOK
                            The trust fund has been a target by past legislators in need          Lawmakers have filed legislation that increases the percentage
 Transportation             of funding in other areas, but Scott’s budget proposal doesn’t        of state revenue invested into the fund, but as the magnitude of
 Trust Fund                 completely drain the fund like other trust funds.                     cuts needed to balance the budget are realized the fund could
                                                                                                  be looked at as a possible source.


                            Gov. Rick Scott has made Florida’s ports a top priority, especially   Plans are already in the works to improve ports in Miami and
                            as the Panama Canal is widened. There is a push to help the           Jacksonville in hopes of attracting cargo ships that would
                            state’s ports expand so they can accommodate the larger ships         normally go to larger ports, such as Savannah, GA. Scott pointed
 Seaports                   that will utilize the wider Canal.                                    to necessary improvements to the state’s ports as a reason for
                                                                                                  rejecting high-speed rail, while legislators have filed a number of
                                                                                                  bills that would invest more money in ports as well as increase
                                                                                                  security.


                            A number of changes have been proposed, from increasing the           While it is unlikely to see the driving age increased, legislators
                            age requirement for child-restraint seats, banning texting while      feel that child-restraint seats and texting while driving
                            driving, and even increasing the driving age. Some lawmakers          legislation could be passed after failing to move through the
 Driving Regulations        also want to repeal the law that allows the use of cameras to         process last year. As for a red light camera repeal, it is up in
                            find red-light runners.                                               the air if lawmakers will change their minds after passing the
                                                                                                  requirements last year.




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   Scott’s Rejection of $2.4B in Federal Funds for High Speed Rail
   On February 16, 2011, Governor Rick Scott informed U.S. Transportation
   Secretary Ray LaHood of the state’s decision to reject President Obama’s
   Tampa to Orlando high-speed rail project.
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                                                                                                                                                    TRANSPORTATION
Key Players

               Governor Rick Scott: He has                  Senator Jack Latvala:                   While Scott
               already played a big role in high-speed      The senator chairs the Senate
               rail, but he will make the final call in     Transportation Committee.               recommended
               much of the spending for transportation                                              collapsing
               projects and legislation.
                                                                                                    various trust
                                                                                                    fund, he left the
               Senator Don Gaetz: Sen. Gaetz                Representative Mike Horner:             transportation
               chairs the Senate Budget Subcommittee        The representative chairs the House
               on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic     Transportation & Economic Development   trust funds
               Development Appropriations.                  Appropriations Subcommittee.            largely
                                                                                                    unharmed.

               Representative Brad Drake: The
               DeFuniaks Spring representative chairs
               the House Transportation & Highway
               Safety Subcommittee.




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                                                                                                                                                                                       TRANSPORTATION
Key Committees

Senate                                                                                   House
Transportation                                Budget Subcommittee on                     Transportation & Economic                 Transportation & Highway Safety
The Senate Transportation Committee           Transportation, Tourism and                Development Appropriations                Subcommittee
has oversight of the Department of            Economic Development                       Subcommittee                              The Transportation & Highway Safety
highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the        The Subcommittee on Transportation,        The Transportation & Economic             Subcommittee considers matters related
Department of Transportation, and the         Tourism and Economic Development           Development              Appropriations   to highway and public transportation
Transportation Commission. Subject            Appropriations represents the Senate in    Subcommittee’s    purview      includes   system infrastructure and services, as
areas include airports, aviation, drivers’    budgeting and overseeing the funding and   the Department of Transportation,         well as issues relating to highway safety
licenses, DUI, highway patrol, license        other financial matters of the following   the Department of State, the Agency       and the sale, ownership or operation of
plates, marinas, motor fuels including        state entities: Office of Tourism,         for Workforce Innovation, the Office      vehicles. The subcommittee’s oversight
taxation, motor vehicle dealers, railroads,   Trade, and Economic Development;           of Tourism, Trade, and Economic           responsibilities cover the Department of
regulation of driving, road construction      Department        of     Transportation;   Development, the Department of            Transportation and the Department of
and naming, seaports, transportation          Department of Community Affairs            Community Affairs, the Department of      Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
authorities and funding, and vessels.         (including the Division of Emergency       Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and    Chairman: Brad Drake (R)
Chairman: Jack Latvala (R)                    Management and the Florida Housing         the Department of Military Affairs.       Vice Chairman: Dennis Baxley (R)
Vice Chairman: Greg Evers (R)                 Finance Corporation); Department of        Chairman: Mike Horner (R)                 Acting Policy Chief: Richard Brown
Staff Director: Jim Spalla                    State; Department of Highway Safety        Vice Chairman: Ritch Workman (R)          Location: 218 House Office Building
Location: 410 Knott Building                  and Motor Vehicles; Department of          Staff Director: Greg Davis                Phone: (850) 488-3483
Phone: (850) 487-5223                         Military Affairs; and the Agency for       Location: 221 The Capitol
                                              Workforce Innovation.                      Phone: (850) 488-9534
                                              Chairman: Don Gaetz (R)
                                              Vice Chairman: Gwen Margolis (D)
                                              Staff Director: Reynold Meyer
                                              Location: 201 The Capitol
                                              Phone: (850) 487-5140
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                                                                                                                                                                                                           ETHICS AND ELECTIONS
SPOTLIGHT ON
  ETHICS AND ELECTIONS
THE CONTENTIOUS 2000 RECOUNT between                                 Historically, lawmakers have made election law changes            in existing laws, or because no one was taking action.
Al Gore and George W. Bush highlighted many of the                   in a non-election year so that election supervisors               The report also took a swipe at state lawmakers, noting
problems and flaws of elections being held in Florida.               have time to implement them. But so far none of the               that they have failed to enact past recommendations to
In the last decade the state has made several changes,               proposals suggested have attracted any serious interest           toughen the laws.
including allowing counties to switch from lever-styled              from legislative leaders.                                         The recommendations from the grand jury include
voting machines to touchscreen voting machines, only                 House Speaker Dean Cannon has said he wants to                    changing state law to broaden the definition of those
to mandate that most voters use machines that utilize                change the procedure used by the state Supreme Court              covered by state ethics laws, strengthening the state’s bid
paper ballots.                                                       to review constitutional amendments. Last year, the high          tampering laws, revising the state’s commercial bribery
But despite Rick Scott squeezing out a narrow win over               court threw three amendments off the ballot that had              law, criminalizing voting conflict laws, and making it a
Alex Sink in the governor’s race, there were few reports             been proposed by the Florida Legislature.                         crime to misuse a public position. The report urged some
of malfunctions or problems with the state’s elections.              It’s also unclear how lawmakers will respond to a                 changes to campaign finance laws as well, including
That hasn’t stopped lawmakers from this year proposing               sweeping report from a statewide grand jury that says             outlawing so-called “3-pack” ads that allow political
bills to change everything from early voting to making               Florida needs to toughen up its ethics laws to battle             parties to spend unlimited amounts on television ads
it easier for military voters to cast absentee ballots.              corruption. The grand jury issued a lengthy report in             as long as three separate candidates are mentioned
Democratic legislators also want to push back the date               December which cited numerous examples where                      somewhere in the ad.
of Florida’s presidential preference primary.                        prosecutions could not go forward because of loopholes




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                         The Florida Commission on Ethics is a nine-member commission which oversees the standards of conduct
                         for officers and employees of Florida and its political subdivisions and functions as an independent
                         commission responsible for investigating and issuing public reports on complaints of breaches of the public
                         trust by public officers and employees.
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                                                                                                                                                                           ETHICS AND ELECTIONS
Key Issues

 ISSUE                  DESCRIPTION                                                         OUTLOOK
                        National Republicans and Democrats want lawmakers to push           While bills have been filed by Democrats to change the primary
                        back the date of Florida’s presidential preference primary so       date, GOP legislative leaders so far have resisted any talk of
                        that it once again falls behind traditional states such as New      changing the date and appear unlikely to move the bills.
 Presidential Primary   Hampshire and Iowa. Florida lawmakers pushed up the date of
                        the primary to late January back in 2007, arguing that it would
                        force presidential candidates to pay more attention to the
                        Sunshine State.


                        Lawmakers in 2012 must redraw district lines for state and          While lawmakers will likely begin to start reviewing the U.S.
                        congressional districts. New U.S. Census numbers will allow         Census data during the upcoming session, it is unlikely they will
 Reapportionment        Florida to expand the size of its congressional delegation by two   take any official action. The House, however, is in federal court
                        House seats. The state is expected to get the official block-by-    trying to block a citizens’ amendment that would impose new
                        block data from the U.S. Census in March.                           standards on redistricting for Congressional seats.


                        A scathing grand jury report amid several high-profile corruption   Lawmakers have been highly resistant to making any
                        scandals recommended that state lawmakers make sweeping             sweeping changes to ethics laws and in the past rejected
 Ethics Reform          changes to Florida’s ethics and elections laws, including           recommendations from a task force created by former Gov. Jeb
                        giving the power to the state ethics commission to initiate         Bush.
                        investigations.


                        House Speaker Dean Cannon has been highly critical of the           Any top priority of a legislative leader has a good chance of
                        decision by the Florida Supreme Court to throw off the 2010         passing, but this session is crammed full with plenty of other
 Constitutional         ballot three constitutional amendments proposed by the Florida      high-profile items that may take up most of the time.
 Amendments             Legislature. Cannon has called ballot reform “crucial” although
                        the House has not yet outlined any specific proposals.
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                                                                                                                                                                   ETHICS AND ELECTIONS
Key Players

               Senator Don Gaetz. Gaetz, who                Representative
               is line to become Senate President, is       Will Weatherford. Weatherford,
               chairman of the Senate Reapportionment       who is line to become House Speaker,
               Committee.                                   is chairman of the House Redistricting
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                                                                                                                                                                                             ETHICS AND ELECTIONS
Key Committees
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                                                                 Chairman: Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R)                      300 daily papers, political blogs and television
Chairman: Anitere Flores (R)                                     Vice Chairman: Nancy Detert (R)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                ETHICS AND ELECTIONS
Key Committees

House
Government Operations Subcommittee                           Redistricting                                                  State Affairs
The Government Operations Subcommittee considers             The focus of the Redistricting Committee is consideration      The State Affairs Committee considers matters related
matters related to state agency governance, including        and approval of reapportionment and redistricting plans        to the oversight and use of state resources, including
organization and structure, operating procedures and         for Florida’s State Legislative and Congressional districts.   issues relating to Florida’s agriculture and citrus
staffing, oversight and accountability, public records       The primary goal of theCommittee is to facilitate an open      industries, environmental protection, the conservation
and open meetings, collective bargaining and impasse,        redistricting process for the public and every member of       of Florida’s natural resources, energy, utilities and
ethics and elections, and employee retirement and            the House, in compliance with all applicable state and         telecommunications regulation, state agency governance,
pensions. The subcommittee’s oversight responsibilities      federal laws.                                                  ethics and elections, and state/federal relations.
cover the Agency for Enterprise Information Technology,      Chairman: Will W. Weatherford (R)                              The committee’s oversight responsibilities cover the
the Department of Management Services, the                   Staff Director: Alex Kelly                                     Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Department of the Lottery, the Division of Elections         Location: 400 House Office Building                            (excluding consumer affairs issues), the Department of
within the Department of State and the State Board of        Phone: (850) 488-3928                                          Citrus, the Department of Environmental Protection,
Administration. In addition, the subcommittee assists                                                                       the state’s five water management districts, the Fish
with initiatives designed to evaluate agency spending                                                                       and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida
and delivery of quality services.                                                                                           Public Service Commission, the Florida Energy &
Chairman: Jimmy T. Patronis (R)                                                                                             Climate Commission within the Executive Office of
Vice Chairman: Debbie Mayfield (R)                                                                                          the Governor, the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the
Policy Chief: Heather Williamson                                                                                            Utility Siting Board, and the Florida Energy Systems
Location: 317 House Office Building                                                                                         Consortium comprised of the 11 state universities.
Phone: (850) 488-6853                                                                                                       Chairman: Seth McKeel (R)
                                                                                                                            Vice Chairman: Jimmy T. Patronis (R)
                                                                                                                            Staff Director: Tom Hamby
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Legislative Deadlines
                                                                January 25                                                           February 7-11
January                                                            HOUSE: Early Member-Bill Filing Deadline:                         Interim Committee or Subcommittee Meetings
                                                                A member may not file more than six bills for a regular session.     [Rule 7.11(d)]
January 10-14                                                   Of the six bills, at least two must be approved for filing with      No later than 4:30 p.m. of the 7th day before the meeting
Interim Committee or Subcommittee Meetings                      the Clerk no later than noon of the 6th Tuesday prior to the first
[Rule 7.11(d)]                                                  day of the regular session. Note: To meet a filing deadline, the     January 31 - February 4
No later than 4:30 p.m. of the 7th day before the meeting       bill must be APPROVED FOR FILING in Leagis by the applicable           HOUSE: Notice Deadline
                                                                deadline.
January 3-7                                                     [Rule 5.3(a)(1)]                                                     February 7-11
  HOUSE: Notice Deadline                                                                                                               HOUSE: Notice Deadline
                                                                January 28
January 11                                                        HOUSE: Final Member-Bill Request Submission Deadline:              February 14-18
   HOUSE: Early Member-Bill Request Submission Deadline:        By 5 p.m., a member must request submission for all other bills      Interim Committee or Subcommittee Meetings
By 5 p.m., a member must request submission for the first two   subject to the opening day deadline (including requests for          [Rule 7.11(d)]
of the six bills subject to the member-bill filing limit.       companion bills).                                                    No later than 4:30 p.m. of the 7th day before the meeting

January 24-28                                                      SENATE: 5:00 p.m., deadline for submitting requests for           February 14-18
Interim Committee or Subcommittee Meetings                      drafts of general bills and joint resolutions, including requests      HOUSE: Notice Deadline -
[Rule 7.11(d)]                                                  for companion bills
No later than 4:30 p.m. of the 7th day before the meeting                                                                            February 21-25
                                                                                                                                     Interim Committee or Subcommittee Meetings
January 17-21                                                   February                                                             [Rule 7.11(d)] No later than 4:30 p.m. of the 7th day before the
  HOUSE: Notice Deadline                                                                                                             meeting
                                                                February 6
                                                                Notice Deadline for Local Bills for opening-day                      March 4
                                                                introduction that require proof of publication 30 days                  HOUSE: Member-Bill Requests Deadline: By 5 p.m., bill
                                                                prior to being introduced.                                           requests to be in final draft form (including companion bills).
                                                                [Art. III, s. 10, FL Const.; s. 11.02, F.S.; Rule 5.5(c)]
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Legislative Deadlines
                                                                                                                                        April 22
March 8                                                               April                                                                HOUSE: After the 45th day (April 21) of a regular session,
                                                                                                                                        by a majority vote, the House may, on motion of the Chair
First Day of Session                                                  April 7                                                           or Vice Chair of the Rules & Calendar Committee, move to
[Art. III, s. 3(b), FL Const.]                                          HOUSE: Ceremonial Resolution Request Submission                 Communications, Messages from the Senate, Bills and Joint
[85th House since Statehood: 113th Regular Session since              Deadline: By 5 p.m., ceremonial resolutions to be submitted to    Resolutions on Third Reading, or Special Orders.
Statehood; 22nd House since 1968 Constitutional Revision]             Rules & Calendar Committee.                                       Day 46 [Rule 10.2(d)]

   HOUSE: Final Member-Bill Filing Deadline: No general bill,         April 17                                                          April 23
local bill, joint resolution, concurrent resolution (except one          HOUSE: After the 40th day (April 16), no bill may be             HOUSE: All measures transmitted to the Senate without
relating to extension of a session or legislative organization or     retained for the purpose of reconsideration in committee or       delay.
procedures), substantive House resolution, or memorial shall          subcommittee.                                                     Last 14 Days [Rule 11.7(k)]
be given first reading unless approved for filing with the Clerk      Day 41 [Rule 7.16(b)]
no later than noon of the first day of the regular session. Note:                                                                       April 26
To meet a filing deadline, the bill must be APPROVED FOR              April 21                                                             SENATE: 50th day - last day for regularly scheduled
FILING in Leagis by the applicable deadline.                             HOUSE: Last day for committees or subcommittees to             committee meetings
                                                                      meet after giving notice no later than 4:30 p.m. of the 2nd day   [Rule 2.9(3)]
   SENATE: 12:00 noon, deadline for filing bills                      (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and official state holidays)
for introduction                                                      before the committee or subcommittee meeting for the
[Rule 3.7(1)]                                                         purpose of considering legislation. After the 45th day, the
                                                                      notice must be provided no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day
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Legislative Deadlines
                                                                     HOUSE: After the 55th day (May 1) of regular session, no
May                                                               House bills on second reading may be taken up and considered
                                                                  by the House.
May 1                                                             Day 56 [Rule 10.18]
   HOUSE: Last day of the regular session for the Special
Order Calendar to be published in two Calendars of the House,        SENATE: All bills are immediately certified
and it may be taken up on the day of the second published         [Rule 6.8]
Calendar. After the 55th day (May 1) of the regular session,
the Special Order Calendar shall be published in one Calendar        SENATE: Conference Committee Reports require only one
of the House and may be taken up on the day the Calendar is       reading
published.                                                        [Rule 4.5(1)]
Day 55 [Rule 10.11(a)(3)]
                                                                     SENATE: Motion to reconsider made and considered the
   HOUSE: Last day that main floor amendments must be             same day
approved for filing with the Clerk by 2 p.m. of the first day a   [Rule 6.4 (2)(b)]
bill appears on the Special Order Calendar in the Calendar of
the House; and amendments to main floor amendments and            May 5
substitute amendments for main floor amendments must be             HOUSE: After the 58th day (May 4) of regular session, the
approved for filing by 5 p.m. of the same day.                    House may consider only: Returning Messages, Conference
Day 55 [Rule 12.2(a)(1&2)]                                        Reports, and Concurrent Resolutions.
                                                                  Day 59 [Rule 10.19]
May 2
   HOUSE: After the 55th day (May 1) of regular session, main
floor amendments must be approved for filing with the Clerk       May 6
not later than 2 hours before session is scheduled to convene
on the day a bill appears on the Special Order Calendar in
                                                                  Last day of Regular Session
the Calendar of the House; and amendments to main floor           If the Legislature completes work in 60 days, the session
amendments and substitute amendments for main floor               will adjourn, Sine Die. Adjournment sine die (from the Latin
amendments must be approved for filing not later than 1 hour      “without day”) means “without assigning a day for a further
after the main floor amendment deadline.                          meeting or hearing”
Day 56 [Rule 12.2(b)(1&2)]
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   2011 Senate Directory

Last Name                           First Name     Party   District #   2011 FRESHMAN CLASS
Alexander                           JD              (R)       17
                                                                                Lizbeth Benacquisto   Ellyn Bogdanoff
Altman                              Thad            (R)       24                                      Former House Member
Benacquisto                         Lizbeth         (R)       27
Bennett                             Mike            (R)       21
Bogdanoff                           Ellyn Setnor    (R)       25
Braynon II                          Oscar           (D)       33                Oscar Braynon II      Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
Bullard                             Larcenia J.     (D)       39
Dean                                Charlie         (R)        3
Detert                              Nancy           (R)       23
Diaz de la Portilla                 Miguel          (R)       36
Dockery                             Paula           (R)       15                Greg Evers            Anitere Flores
Evers                               Greg            (R)        2                Former House Member   Former House Member
Fasano                              Mike            (R)       11
Flores                              Anitere         (R)       38
Gaetz                               Don             (R)        4
Garcia                              Rene            (R)       40                Rene Garcia           Alan Hays
                                                                                Former House Member   Former House Member
Gardiner                            Andy            (R)        9
Haridopolos                         Mike            (R)       26
Hays                                Alan            (R)       20
Hill                                Tony            (D)        1

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   2011 Senate Directory

Last Name                         First Name    Party   District #   2011 FRESHMAN CLASS
Jones                             Dennis         (R)       13
                                                                              Jack Latvala                     Gwen Margolis
Joyner                            Arthenia       (D)       18                 Former Senate Member             Former Senate President
Latvala                           Jack           (R)       16
Lynn                              Evelyn J.      (R)        7
Margolis                          Gwen           (D)       35
Montford                          Bill           (D)        6                 Bill Montford                    Jim Norman
Negron                            Joe            (R)       28
Norman                            Jim            (R)       12
Oelrich                           Steve          (R)       14
Rich                              Nan            (D)       34
Richter                           Garrett        (R)       37                 Maria Lorts Sachs                David Simmons
Ring                              Jeremy         (D)       32                 Former House Member              Former House Member
Sachs                             Maria Lorts    (D)       30
Simmons                           David          (R)       22
Siplin                            Gary           (D)       19
Smith                             Chris          (D)       29
Sobel                             Eleanor        (D)       31
Storms                            Ronda          (R)       10
Thrasher                          John           (R)        8
Wise                              Stephen R.     (R)        5
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   2011 House Directory

Last Name                         First Name       Party   District #   2011 FRESHMAN CLASS
Abruzzo                           Joseph            (D)       85
                                                                                Larry Ahern        Ben Albritton
Adkins                            Janet             (R)       12
Ahern                             Larry             (R)       51
Albritton                         Ben               (R)       66
Artiles                           Frank             (R)       119
Aubuchon                          Gary              (R)       74                Frank Artiles      Dennis Baxley
Baxley                            Dennis            (R)       24                                   Former House Member
Bembry                            Leonard           (D)       10
Berman                            Lori              (D)       86
Bernard                           Mack              (D)       84
Bileca                            Michael           (R)       117               Lori Berman        Michael Bileca
Bovo                              Esteban           (R)       110                                  Freshman
Boyd                              Jim               (R)       68
Brandes                           Jeff              (R)       52
Brodeur                           Jason T.          (R)       33
Broxson                           Doug              (R)        1                Jim Boyd           Jeff Brandes
Bullard                           Dwight M.         (D)       118
Burgin                            Rachel            (R)       56
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Last Name                             First Name                 Party   District #   2011 FRESHMAN CLASS
Caldwell                              Matt                        (R)       73
                                                                                              Matt Caldwell     Daphne Campbell
Campbell                              Daphne                      (D)       108
Cannon                                Dean                        (R)       35
Chestnut                              Charles                     (D)       23
Clarke-Reed                           Gwyndolen                   (D)       92
Clemens                               Jeff                        (D)       89                Jeff Clemens      Richard Corcoran
Coley                                 Marti                       (R)        7
Corcoran                              Richard                     (R)       45
Costello                              Fred                        (R)       26
Crisafulli                            Steve                       (R)       32
Cruz                                  Janet                       (D)       58                Fred Costello     Daniel Davis
Davis                                 Daniel                      (R)       13
Diaz                                  Jose Felix                  (R)       115
Dorworth                              Chris                       (R)       34
Drake                                 Brad                        (R)        5
Eisnaugle                             Eric                        (R)       40                Jose Felix Diaz   Reggie Fullwood
Ford                                  Clay                        (R)        3
Fresen                                Erik                        (R)       111
Frishe                                Jim                         (R)       54
Fullwood                              Reggie                      (D)       15
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Last Name                           First Name                 Party   District #   2011 FRESHMAN CLASS
Gaetz                               Matt                        (R)        4
                                                                                            Tom Goodson           James Grant
Garcia, Jr.                         Luis R.                     (D)       107
Gibbons                             Joe                         (D)       105
Glorioso                            Rich                        (R)       62
Gonzalez                            Eddy                        (R)       102
Goodson                             Tom                         (R)       29                Bill Hager            Gayle Harrell
Grant                               James                       (R)       47                                      Former House Member
Grimsley                            Denise                      (R)       77
Hager                               Bill                        (R)       87
Harrell                             Gayle                       (R)       81
Harrison                            Shawn                       (R)       60                Shawn Harrison        Clay Ingram
Holder                              Doug                        (R)       70
Hooper                              Ed                          (R)       50
Horner                              Mike                        (R)       79
Hudson                              Matt                        (R)       101
Hukill                              Dorothy                     (R)       28                John Patrick Julien
Ingram                              Clay                        (R)        2
Jenne                               Evan                        (D)       100
Jones                               Mia                         (D)       14
Julien                              John Patrick                (D)       104
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Last Name                             First Name                 Party    District #    2011 FRESHMAN CLASS
Kiar                                  Martin                      (D)        97
                                                                                                    Ana Rivas Logan                   Larry Metz
Kreegel                               Paige                       (R)        72
Kriseman                              Rick                        (D)        53
Legg                                  John                        (R)        46
Logan                                 Ana Rivas                   (R)        114
Lopez-Cantera                         Carlos                      (R)        113                    George R. Moraitis, Jr.           Jeanette M. Nunez
Mayfield                              Debbie                      (R)        80
McBurney                              Charles                     (R)        16
McKeel                                Seth                        (R)        63
Metz                                  Larry                       (R)        25
Moraitis, Jr.                         George R.                   (R)        91                     Kathleen C.                       Steven Perman
Nehr                                  Peter                       (R)        48                     Passidomo
Nelson                                Bryan                       (R)        38
Nuñez                                 Jeanette M.                 (R)        112
O’Toole                               Marlene                     (R)        42
Pafford                               Mark                        (D)        88                     W. Keith Perry
Passidomo                             Kathleen C.                 (R)        76
Patronis                              Jimmy T.                    (R)         6
Perman                                Steve                       (D)        78
Perry                                 W. Keith                    (R)        22
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Pilon                                Ray                         (R)       69
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Plakon                               Scott                       (R)       37
Porter                               Elizabeth W.                (R)       11
Porth                                Ari                         (D)       96
Precourt                             Steve                       (R)       41
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Roberson                             Kenneth L.                  (R)       71
Rogers                               Hazel                       (D)       94
Rooney, Jr.                          Patrick                     (R)       83
Rouson                               Darryl                      (D)       55
Sands                                Franklin                    (D)       98               Irving Slosberg
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Saunders                             Ron                         (D)       120
Schenck                              Robert                      (R)       44
Schwartz                             Elaine                      (D)       99
Slosberg                             Irving                      (D)       90
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Last Name                           First Name                 Party   District #   2011 FRESHMAN CLASS
Smith                               Jimmie T.                   (R)       43
                                                                                            Jimmie T. Smith                     Cynthia A. Stafford
Snyder                              William                     (R)       82
Soto                                Darren                      (D)       49
Stafford                            Cynthia A.                  (D)       109
Stargel                             Kelli                       (R)       64
Steinberg                           Richard L.                  (D)       106               Greg Steube                         Carlos Trujillo
Steube                              Greg                        (R)       67
Taylor                              Dwayne                      (D)       27
Thompson                            Geraldine                   (D)       39
Thurston, Jr.                       Perry E.                    (D)       93
Tobia                               John                        (R)       31                Barbara Watson                      Dana D. Young
Trujillo                            Carlos                      (R)       116
Van Zant                            Charles E.                  (R)       21
Waldman                             Jim                         (D)       95
Watson                              Barbara                     (D)       103
Weatherford                         Will W.                     (R)       61
Weinstein                           Michael B.                  (R)       19
Williams                            Alan B.                     (D)        8
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Calendar of Events

                                                   Wednesday, March 9                                     Wednesday, March 9, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.                  Thursday, March 10, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 2011                                         Florida Heart Research Institute                       The Foreclosure Hamlet                                Florida Building Trades Council
                                                   305/674-3020                                           Presentation regarding home foreclosures across       Hands on demonstration of training activities,
Wednesday-Thursday, March 2-8,                     3rd Floor Rotunda                                      Florida and America.                                  displays and presentations of apprenticeship
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                                                                     Andrew Delaney 561/512-0972                           opportunities.
Florida Department of State                        Wednesday, March 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.             Waller Park                                           Sandra Vega 850/224-4440
Displays and historical re-enactors to promote     NAMI Florida, Inc.                                                                                           Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda
Viva Florida! Commemorating 500 years of Florida   Advocacy walk, exhibits, bringing awareness to         Wednesday, March 9, 11:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
History.                                           persons affected by mental illness or serious emo-     5th Annual Behavioral Day Rally                       Monday, March 14
Rachel Porter 850/245-6360                         tional disorders. This event is held in conjunction    All legislators invited, press invited, open to the   Florida Hospital Association
Plaza Level Rotunda                                with the Florida Council for Community Mental          public.                                               407/841-6230
                                                   Health press rally. The walk will begin at the front   Shane Messer shane@fccmh.org                          Senate Building Portico
Tuesday, March 8                                   steps of the Historic Florida, proceed to the Civic    Historic Front Steps
Best Buddies                                       Center and return to the Capitol, approximate 3K.                                                            Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16
407/898-0787                                       Nichole Theis 850/671-4445                             Wednesday, March 9, 5:30p.m. – 7:30 p.m.              Florida Nurses Association Lobby Days
2nd Floor Rotunda                                  Historic Front Steps                                   5th Annual Behavioral Day Reception                   Jose Diaz 850/681-0245
                                                                                                          Shane Messer shane@fccmh.org                          Capitol/Rotunda
Tuesday, March 8                                   Wednesday, March 9, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.             22nd Floor, The Capitol
Florida Council for Community Mental Health        Palm Beach County                                                                                            Tuesday, March 15, 5:30p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Karen Koch 850/224-6048                            Displays and exhibits highlighting Palm Beach          Thursday, March 10                                    Florida Nurses Association Legislative
3rd Floor Rotunda                                  County.                                                St. Pete College                                      Reception
                                                   Craig Stephens 561/355-4125                            727/341-4772                                          Jose Diaz 850/681-0245
Tuesday, March 8 - Wednesday, March 9              Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.      Senate Building Portico                               Capitol, 22nd Floor
Barry University
Senate Portico                                     Wednesday, March 9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.            Thursday, March 10, 12:00 p.m.                        Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
                                                   Florida Council for Community Mental Health            South Florida Tea Party, Inc.                         PACE Center for Girls
Tuesday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.           Press rally for behavioral healthcare advocates.       To create awareness of the Florida 2011 Legisla-      To inform girls, community, the State and legisla-
Florida Forever Day                                Karen Koch 850/224-6048                                tive Session.                                         tors about the importance of gender specific
Celebrating Florida’s land conservation program    Historic Front Steps                                   Everett Wilkinson 561/880-5790                        juvenile justice prevention and diversion programs,
and providing information on Florida Forever.                                                             Historic Front Steps/Waller Park                      stories, singing, reading and dancing.
Special concert for conservation and speaking      Wednesday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                                                   Adrianna Sekula 904/553-7850
program.                                           Florida Education Association                                                                                Waller Park
Holly Davenport 850/222-0799                       Education rally in support of public education.
Courtyard                                          Sharon Nesvig 850/224-2078
                                                   Waller Park
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Calendar of Events
Tuesday, March 15, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.           Wednesday, March 16, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.       Thursday, March 17, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.            Tuesday, March 22, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Florida Department of Elder Affairs                Chi Zeta Theta Legislative Day                    The Florida Youth Orchestra                          University of North Florida,
Elder Day to honor the many contributions of       Thometta Cozart Brooks (850) 245-4444             Performances in conjunction with Florida TD Day.     Florida Student Association
older adults while encouraging them to maintain    Historic Front Steps                              Ms. Terry Mesa 954/963-5575                          Speaking on the importance of higher education
active lives.                                                                                        Courtyard                                            Anthony Mack 904/620-1856
Jon Peck 850/414-2000                              Thursday, March 17                                                                                     Waller Park
Historic Front Steps/Courtyard/Plaza Level         Midwives Association of Florida                   Monday, March 21 through
Rotunda                                            3rd floor Rotunda                                 Friday, March 25, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Wednesday, March 23
                                                                                                     Florida Department of Highway Safety                 Florida Virtual School
Wednesday, March 16                                Thursday, March 17                                and Motor Vehicles                                   407/513-3587
Florida Catholic Conference                        Florida Optometric Association                    Florida driver licenses services, renewals,          3rd Floor Rotunda
850/222-3803                                       850/877-4697                                      duplicates and address changes and tag services.
3rd Floor Rotunda                                  2nd floor Rotunda                                 Don Shirilla 850/617-2649                            Wednesday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
                                                                                                     Plaza Level Rotunda                                  The Arc of Florida, Inc.
Wednesday, March 16                                Thursday, March 17, 12:00 p.m.                                                                         Rally for members and advocates from other
Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce                  Florida Department of Highway Safety and          Tuesday, March 22                                    organizations for developmental disabilities.
Food and displays                                  Motor Vehicles and Dori Slosberg Foundation       Mote Marine Ocean Day                                John Finch 850/921-0460
Senate Portico                                     Press conference regarding Florida Road           Chalk Art by high school students.                   Courtyard
                                                   Safety Week.                                      Laura Stone 850/245-6475
Wednesday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.        Courtney Heidelberg 850/617-2372                  2nd and 3rd floor Rotundas                           Wednesday, March 23, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Alachua County Legislative Day                     Historic Front Steps                                                                                   Catalyst Miami
Sande Calkins 352/377-7635                                                                           Tuesday, March 22, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.             Rally and press event celebrating the one year
Courtyard and Plaza Level Rotunda                  Thursday, March 17, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.         Citizens for Florida Arts, Partnership with the      anniversary of the passage of the Affordable
                                                   Florida Commission for the                        Division of Cultural Affairs                         Care Act.
Wednesday, March 16, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.         Transportation Disadvantaged                      Chalk Art by high school students.                   La Rhonda Odom 305/576-5001
Space Florida                                      Gathering of transportation vehicles, advocates   Laura Stone 850/245-6475                             Waller Park
Displays to provide awareness of space industry    and community to celebrate the program and        Area North of Historic Capitol/Plaza Level Rotunda
operations in Florida and the economic impact on   legislative awareness.                                                                                 Wednesday, March 23, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
our state.                                         John Irvine 850/410-5700                          Tuesday, March 22, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.                  Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation
Pat Koralewicz                                     Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda                     Florida Commission on the Status of Women            Displays regarding the program to increase
Plaza Level Rotunda                                                                                  Induction ceremony for the Florida Women’s            awareness of advocacy for abused and
                                                                                                     Hall of Fame.                                        neglected children.
                                                                                                     Michele Manning 850/414-3529                         Kelly Razzano 850/922-7213
                                                                                                     Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda                        Historic Front Steps/Plaza Level Rotunda
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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 24                                   Thursday-Friday, March 24-25,                       Tuesday, March 29, 8:00 – 5:00 p.m.                 Thursday, March 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
TechAmerica Technology Day                           8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                               United Voices for America                           United Voices for America
407/882-2425                                         Florida State Assembly of the Association of        Rally for Muslim Capitol Day.                       Inauguration for UV Campus.
2nd Floor Rotunda                                    Surgical Technicians                                Muslim Ali 813/774-6517                             Muslim Ali 813/774-6517
                                                     Informational demonstration of what operating       Waller Park                                         Historic Front Steps
Thursday, March 24, 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.                room technicians roles are in the operating room.
Florida Bicycle Association                          P.J. Sanzone 850/325-1718                           Tuesday, March 29, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.            Thursday, March 31, 9:00 a.m.
The 3rd Annual Florida Bike Summit, informing and    Courtyard                                           Florida Department of Military Affairs              Special Olympics Florida (Leon County
educating legislators of the benefits of bicycling                                                       Florida National Guard Day, showcase of military    Sheriff’s Department)
and bicycle related issues.                          Friday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.            equipment used for state and nation in times of     Annual ceremony to bring awareness about chil-
Laura Hallam 352/468-3430                            Florida MENTOR                                      crisis.                                             dren and adults with mental and developmental
Courtyard                                            Displays highlighting services to Floridians with   Bobby Carbonell 850/414-9048                        disabilities.
                                                     developmental disabilities.                         Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda                       Steve Barrow 850/921-4424
Thursday, March 24, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.                Jon Fisher 813/630-1746                                                                                 Courtyard
Florida Junior Community College Student             Plaza Level Rotunda                                 Wednesday, March 30, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Government Association                                                                                   Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition                Thursday, March 31, 8:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Rally supporting Florida’s College System.           Tuesday, March 29                                   Displays to increase awareness of suicide and its   United Voices for America
Doug Ryan 850/567-3212                               Americans for Prosperity                            devastating effects.                                Inauguration for UV Campus.
Historic Front Steps                                 714/752-3735                                        Allyson Adolphson 850/922-9350                      Muslim Ali 813/774-6517
                                                     2nd and 3rd Floor Rotundas                          Plaza Level Rotunda (press conference on 22nd       Waller Park
Thursday, March 24, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                                               floor)
Florida PTA                                          Tuesday, March 29                                                                                       Thursday, March 31, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Rally for education.                                 Leon County Public Library                          Wednesday, March 30, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.          ENLACE Florida
Jean Hovey 407/855-7604                              850/606-2665                                        Florida Trucking Association                        First generation college students to meet with
Waller Park                                          Senate Portico                                      Trucker’s Day at the Capitol                        legislators and to bring awareness to the program.
                                                                                                         Semi’s and tractors, Florida Highway Patrol and     Braulio Colon 813/974-3897
Thursday, March 24, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.                Tuesday, March 29, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.                 Motor Carrier Compliance vehicles for No Zone       Historic Front Steps/Plaza Level Rotunda
League of Women Voters Florida                       Monroe County                                       and road safety presentations.
Voter registration information.                      Florida Keys Day.                                   Matthew Ubben 850/222-9900
Pamela Goodman 561/843-1233                          Holly Merrill 305/853-1947                          Courtyard
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                                                        Wednesday, April 6, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.              Wednesday, April 13                                 Thursday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
April 2011                                              Miami-Dade County Days, Inc.                       Florida Coalition for the Homeless                  Florida Department of
                                                        Paella Fest.                                       The Florida Coalition for the Homeless will be      Environmental Protection
Monday, April 4 through                                 Dianne Raulson 305/944-2053                        represented on the 3rd floor rotunda.               Earth Day celebration with educational booths and
Friday, April 8, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                  Courtyard                                          877/205-0021                                        children’s activities.
Florida Department of Transportation                                                                       3rd Floor Rotunda                                   Lauren Penny 850/245-2171
National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, to            Thursday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                                              Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda
memorialize work zone fatalities and bring aware-       Florida Fish and Wildlife                          Wednesday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ness to motorists and worker safety and mobility        Conservation Commission                            Florida Association of Realtors                     Monday, April 25 through
issues in work zones.                                   To promote outdoor safety for young people and     Legislative day at the Capitol.                     Friday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Trenda McPherson 850/245-1528                           families to participate in and share experiences   Suzanne Hughes 850/224-1400                         Florida Department of Highway Safety and
Waller Park, April 4-5, Historic Front Steps,           that will strengthen connections and support for   Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda                       Motor Vehicles
April 6-8                                               fish and wildlife conservation.                    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                               Florida driver licenses services, renewals,
                                                        Karen Ventimiglia 850/487-3796                                                                         duplicates and address changes and tag services.
Monday, April 4 through                                 Courtyard                                          Thursday, April 14, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.           Don Shirilla 850/617-2649
Friday, April 8, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                                                     Florida Dental Hygienist Association                Plaza Level Rotunda
Children’s Week/United Way of                           Monday, April 11, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.            Exhibit information and displays regarding health
Florida & Partners                                      ABATE of Florida, Inc.                             and dental issues.                                  Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Children’s hanging hands, displays, exhibits, activi-   Motorcycle rally and public awareness of issues.   Betty Dalton 850/865-1707                           Florida Chapter National Coalition for
ties throughout week.                                   James Reichenbach 352/625-6353                     Plaza Level Rotunda                                 Public School Options
Jason Zaborske 850/251-7274                             Historic Front Steps/Courtyard/Plaza Level                                                             Rally with parents and their children to
Plaza Level Rotunda/Courtyard April 4-5                 Rotunda                                            Friday, April 15, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.             encourage support by the Governor and Florida
                                                                                                           The Florida Law Related Education                   elected officials and education leaders of school
Tuesday, April 5                                        Tuesday, April 12, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.           Association                                         choice options and legislation related to
Florida Coalition for Children                          Florida State University                           Student work showcase and judging session.          educational choice.
Pancake Breakfast                                       FSU Day at the Capitol, academic displays and      Erin Crowe 850/386-8223                             Georgia McKeown 904/545-2957
850561-1102                                             student performances.                              Plaza Level Rotunda                                 Waller Park
Senate Portico                                          Toni Moore 850/644-3847
                                                        Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda                      Wednesday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Tuesday, April 26, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6                                                                                         Diving Equipment & Marketing                        Lauren’s Kids
Florida Displaced Homemakers                            Wednesday, April 13 – Thursday, April 14           Association (DEMA)                                  Finish line for walk across Florida. Rally for sexual
Displays                                                Florida Movers & Warehousemens                     Dive Day at the Capitol, promotion of               abuse awareness month, to call awareness to
Senate Portico                                          Association                                        scuba diving in Florida.                            survivors of abuse.
                                                        Jose Diaz 850/681-0245                             Marlene Falmlen 850/222-0720                        Lauren Book 786/288-5045
                                                        Capitol/Rotunda                                    Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda                       Historic Front Steps
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Calendar of Events
Tuesday, April 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Thursday, April 28, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.            Sunday, May 1, 8:00 p.m. – Thursday,
Florida Learn & Serve                             Florida Right to Life                                May 5, 12:00 p.m.
Press conference and rally to recognize and       Informational displays to educate Floridians about   Florida Prayer Network
celebrate Florida Service-Learning Month and      the importance of respecting each individual’s       Churches from Florida gathering to read the Bible
leader schools.                                   right to life.                                       from Genesis through Revelation around the clock,
Mary Matthews 850/922-7771                        Lois White 407/834-5433                              prayer and worship.
Courtyard                                         Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda                        Pam Olsen 850/906-0170
                                                                                                       Waller Park
Tuesday, April 26, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Friday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Epilepsy Foundation of Florida                    Florida A&M University Army ROTC                     Thursday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Prevention and education awareness and head       Commissioning ceremony.                              Florida Prayer Network
injury prevention.                                Amanda Uwaibi 850/599-3515                           National Day of Prayer Service, prayers and
Susan Eddins 561/214-3412                         Courtyard (22nd floor if inclement weather)          appreciation for emergency and military personnel.
Plaza Level Rotunda                                                                                    Pam Olsen 850/906-0170
                                                                                                       Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda/22nd floor
Wednesday, April 27, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.        May 2011
Florida 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Day at the Capitol, educational program for   Sunday, May 1, 6:00 p.m. until Monday,               June 2011
youth on Florida State government and process.    May 2 at 12:00 p.m.
Wendi Armstrong 352/846-0996                      Florida State Fraternal Order of Police              Thursday, June 9, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Courtyard/Plaza Level Rotunda/Waller Park         Candlelight vigil in remembrance of fallen law       Southeastern Community Blood Center
                                                  enforcement officers in Florida.                     Blood drive.
                                                  Joy Mooshie 850/656-9881                             Carole Beckham 850/488-5241
                                                  Courtyard                                            Waller Park/Duval Street
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The Cabinet Directory


                  Governor                                                        Chief Financial Officer                                        Agriculture Commissioner
                  Rick Scott                                                      Jeff Atwater                                                   Adam Putnam
                    The Governor is the supreme executive                          Florida’s CFO oversees the state’s                             Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture
                    power in the state. Article IV, Section                        accounting and auditing functions and                          fosters new employment opportunities,
1(a) of the Florida Constitution provides that “he shall take   unclaimed property, monitors the investment of state            stewards the state’s resources and protects consumers.
care that the laws be faithfully executed, commission           funds and manages the deferred compensation program             The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
all officers of the state and counties, and transact all        and risk management program for the state.                      Services is an agency of 13 divisions, 5 offices and
necessary business with the officers of government.”            Insurance consumer service is handled by the CFO, and           approximately 3,800 employees that works to support the
                                                                the office is responsible for the licensing and oversight of    agriculture industry and safeguard consumers.
                                                                insurance agents and agencies, as well as funeral homes
                                                                and cemeteries. Insurance fraud investigation also is
                                                                overseen by the CFO, as well as ensuring businesses have
                                                                workers’ compensation coverage in place for employees
                  Attorney General                              and helping injured workers with benefit payments and           ABOUT THE CABINET
                  Pam Bondi                                     re-employment. The state’s CFO serves as Florida’s State
                                                                Fire Marshal. The Division of State Fire Marshal is a sworn                                      Each member of the
                   The Attorney General is the statewide                                                                                                         Florida Cabinet is
                   elected official directed by the Florida     law enforcement agency that provides various fire-related
                                                                services throughout the state, from assisting local fire                                         popularly elected by the
Constitution to serve as the chief legal officer for the                                                                                                         state and carries one vote
State of Florida. The Attorney General is responsible for       departments by conducting arson investigations to
                                                                training citizens at one of the finest fire-training colleges                                    in executive decisions.
protecting Florida consumers from various types of fraud                                                                                                         In the case of a tie, the
and enforcing the state’s antitrust laws. Additionally,         in the state.
                                                                                                                                                                 vote cast by the Governor
the Attorney General represents constituents in cases of                                                                                                         decides the outcome.
Medicaid fraud, defends the state in civil litigation cases                                                                                                      The Governor and Cabinet
and represents the people of Florida when criminals                                                                             serves as the board of directors of several state agencies
appeal their convictions in state and federal courts.                                                                           and during their bi-weekly meetings discuss agency
The Attorney General also defends the constitutionality of                                                                      business and make policy decisions for the agencies.
statutes duly enacted by the Legislature and is authorized                                                                      The Governor and Cabinet, all statewide officials, also
to issue formal legal opinions at the request of various                                                                        oversee the separate offices and agencies under their
public officials on questions relating to the application of                                                                    departments.
state law.



      The Cabinet Directory
                                                                                                                                                               2011 Legislative Session Outlook   85


Leadership Directory - Florida Senate

                  Senate President                                                President Pro Tempore                                       Majority Leader
                  Senator Mike Haridopolos                                        Senator Michael S. ‘’Mike’’ Bennett                         Senator Andy Gardiner
                  The Senate President is a constitutional                        The role of the President Pro Tempore is                      The Senate Majority Office, as the
                  officer who leads the Florida Senate for a                      defined by the President and the Senate                       political extension of the Office of the
two-year term. The President, who is elected by members         Rules. Additionally, the President Pro Tempore may preside   Senate President, enables the Republican Caucus to fully
of the Senate, manages the operations of the Senate and         over sessions during the absence of the President.           participate in the governmental process; provides accurate
presides over its sessions. The President’s many duties                                                                      information and services in a professional manner and
include: selecting a Majority Leader, appointing Senators                                                                    enables members to make unified, informed decisions
to standing Senate committees, appointing committee                                                                          affecting the quality of life of the people they represent.
chairs, and appointing citizens to a variety of boards and
commissions.



                  Minority Leader
                  Senator Nan Rich
                                                                Majority Whips
                  The Minority Office consists of the
                                                                Senators Anitere Flores and
                  Minority Leader, who represents the
                                                                David Simmons                                                Minority Whips
members of the Minority Party in the Senate, as well
as staff to support the leadership. Though fewer in             The whips are responsible for ensuring each of the 28        Senators Bill Montford and
numbers than the Majority Party, the Minority Caucus            Republican Senators are fully informed on legislative        Anthony C. ‘’Tony’’ Hill,
and its leader serve a critical function in ensuring that the   issues and gauge the members’ support on specific            Whips are officials in a political party whose primary
diverse interests and priorities of all Floridians are fully    legislation.                                                 purpose is to ensure party discipline in a legislature. The
represented in the legislative process.                                                                                      duties of the minority whips are to: assist the minority
                                                                                                                             leader, ensure member attendance, count votes, and
                                                                                                                             generally communicate the minority position.
                                                                                  Conference Chair
                  Minority Leader Pro Tempore                                     Senator Evelyn J. Lynn
                  Senator Arthenia Joyner
                                                                                  The newly-created position of
                  The Minority Leader Pro Tempore serves                          conference chair is responsible for
                  as the Democratic Caucus’ second in           leading the majority in conference meetings and other
command, and will assume the duties of the Minority             non-legislative activities, focusing on party unification.
Leader if they leave office.
                                                                                                                                                                 2011 Legislative Session Outlook   86


Leadership Directory - House of Representatives



                  The Speaker                                                    The Speaker pro tempore                                         Majority Leader
                  Representative Dean Cannon                                     Representative John Legg                                        Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera
                  The Speaker is a constitutional officer                           The Speaker pro tempore is also elected                      The House Majority Office, as the
                  who leads the House for a two-year                                by his fellow Representatives. In the                        political extension of the Office of the
term, manages its operations, and presides over its             event of an interim vacancy through death, resignation,        Speaker of the House of Representatives, enables the
sessions. He is elected by his fellow Representatives.          or disability, the Speaker pro tempore may exercise the        Republican Caucus to fully participate in the governmental
Among his most important duties are the appointment of          authority of the Speaker. The Speaker pro tempore often        process; providing accurate information and services in
committee members and selection of their Chairs.                presides in the Chamber when the Speaker leaves the            a professional manner and enabling members to make
                                                                Chair.                                                         unified, informed decisions affecting the quality of life of
                                                                                                                               the people they represent.




                                                                                                                               About House Partisan Offices
                                                                                                                               Both the Republican and Democratic Members of the
                                                                                                                               House elect their own leaders. The Speaker appoints a
                  Democratic (Minority) Leader                                   Democratic Leader pro tempore                 Majority Leader who, along with the leader of the minority
                  Representative Ron Saunders                                    Representative Joe Gibbons                    party, is expected to actively articulate his or her party’s
                   The primary functions of a minority                            The primary roles assigned to the            viewpoint on the House floor during sessions.
                   leader usually relate to floor duties. The                     Democratic Leader pro tem are to preside     The Republicans and Democrats have a formalized
minority leader: is the lead speaker for the party during       over the caucus in the leader’s absence, exercise the powers   leadership structure. The Republican officers, in addition
floor debates, develops the caucus calendar, and assists        and duties of the leader in his absence, and assume other      to the Speaker and Speaker pro tempore, include the
the president or speaker with including the minority view       duties as assigned by the leader.                              Majority Leader, Deputy Majority Leader, Majority Whip,
in program development, policy formation and policy                                                                            and Deputy Whips. The Democratic officers include the
decisions.                                                                                                                     Democratic Leader, Democratic Leader pro tempore,
                                                                                                                               Democratic Caucus Chair and Vice Chair, Co-Floor Leaders,
                                                                                                                               and Democratic Whips.
                                                                                                                                                                    2011 Legislative Session Outlook   87


Executive Directory
Governor - Rick Scott                            Citrus                                           Health Care Administration                      Public Service Commission
The Governor is the supreme executive            Headed by: Kenneth O. Keck,                      Headed by: Elizabeth Dudek,                     Headed by: Chairman, Art Graham
power in the state. Article IV, Section 1(a)     Executive Director                               Interim Secretary                               Commissioner, Lisa Polak Edgar
of the Florida Constitution provides that “he                                                                                                     Commissioner, Eduardo E. Balbis
shall take care that the laws be faithfully      Community Affairs                                Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles                 Commissioner, Ronald A. Brisé
executed, commission all officers of the state   Headed by: Billy Buzzett, Secretary              Headed by: Julie L. Jones, Executive Director   Commissioner, Julie Imanuel Brown
and counties, and transact all necessary
business with the officers of government.”       Corrections                                      Juvenile Justice                                Revenue
                                                 Headed by: Edwin G. Buss, Secretary              Headed by: Wansley Walters, Secretary           Headed by: Lisa Vickers, Executive Director
Lt. Governor - Jennifer Carroll
The Lieutenant Governor assists the Governor     Education                                        Law Enforcement                                 State
in the performance of his responsibilities and   Headed by: Dr. Eric J. Smith, Commissioner       Headed by: Gerald Bailey, Commissioner          Headed by: Kurt S. Browning,
carries out specific duties as assigned by the                                                                                                    Secretary of State
Governor.                                        Elder Affairs                                    Lottery
                                                 Headed by: Charles T. Corley, Interim            Headed by: Cindy O’Connell, Secretary           State Courts
Agency for Enterprise                            Secretary                                                                                        Headed by: Chief Justice Charles T. Canady
Information Technology                                                                            Management Services                             Justice Barbara J. Pariente
Headed by: David W. Taylor, State Chief          Emergency Management                             Headed by: Jack Miles, Secretary                Justice R. Fred Lewis
Information Officer and Executive Director       Headed by: Bryan Koon, Director                                                                  Justice Peggy A. Quince
                                                                                                  Military Affairs                                Justice Ricky Polston
Agriculture                                      Environmental Protection                         Headed by: Emmett Titshaw, Jr.,                 Justice Jorge Labarga
Headed by: Adam H. Putnam, Commissioner          Headed by: Herschel T. Vinyard, Jr., Secretary   Major General                                   Justice James E.C. Perry

Attorney General                                 Financial Services                               Office of Financial Regulation                  Transportation
Headed by: Pam Bondi, Attorney General           Headed by: Jeff Atwater,                         Headed by: J. Thomas Cardwell,                  Headed by: Stephanie Kopelousos, Secretary
                                                 Chief Financial Officer                          Commissioner
Auditor General                                                                                                                                   Veterans’ Affairs
Headed by: David W. Martin, CPA                  Fish & Wildlife Conservation                     Office of Insurance Regulation                  Headed by: Robert F. Milligan, Interim
                                                 Headed by: Nick Wiley, Executive Director        Headed by: Kevin M. McCarty, Commissioner       Executive Director
Business & Professional Regulation
Headed by: Charlie Liem, Secretary               Health                                           Parole Commission                               Workforce Innovation
                                                 Headed by: Dr. Ana M. Viamonte Ros,              Headed by: Tena M. Pate, Chair                  Headed by: Cynthia R. Lorenzo, Director
Children & Families                              Secretary
Headed by: David E. Wilkins, Secretary                                                            Persons with Disabilities
                                                                                                  Headed by: Jim DeBeaugrine, Director
        Click on the agency names above to
        access the agency’s website.
                                                                                            2011 Legislative Session Outlook   88


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