Today I received a message from the Senate President, a copy of which is attached along with
my response. I agree fully with President Atwater that we are not ready to legislate with respect
to the oil spill.
Right now state leaders should be focusing on protecting our state’s pristine coastlines and beaches, as well as those Floridians who may be impacted economically in the wake of this environmental disaster in the Gulf.
Today I am providing the initial budget allocations to the Appropriations committees to guide the drafting of the House version of the 2010 General Appropriations Bill.
Having consulted with the House Sergeant, and pursuant to Rule 8.10(a)(1), we will continue the policy that only floral arrangements and reasonably-sized live plants will be approved for distribution in the House Chamber on the opening day of Session, March 2, 2010. All floral arrangements and plants will be inspected and the Chamber will be secured. The Chamber will be opened for members one hour before the session begins.
In light of the state's budgetary circumstances, there may be claim bills that have or will be filed which cannot possibly be funded this year.
As you are aware, because of the ongoing recession, Florida employers are facing dramatic increases in unemployment compensation taxes beginning this year and continuing for several years.
In order to ensure our members have a good understanding of HB 1B...
During the past few months, the House and Senate have engaged in extensive discussions to determine whether the state can take advantage of new opportunities that may enhance our transportation infrastructure without increasing taxes.
This is to provide each of you with the best information I have available about the possibility of a special session in December.
I wanted to let you know that Chairman Galvano and I met yesterday with George Skibine, Acting Chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission, to discuss the status of the current proposed gaming compact as well as our concerns with the Tribe's continued operation of Class III games in the absence of a compact. I am attaching a letter that I sent to Mr. Skibine this morning that sets forth the principal substance of what was discussed.
Complaint 09-01 – Retention of Independent Counsel
2009-2010 Council / Committee Reassignments (The PDF includes the listing of each Council / Committee Assignment by Member, By Council / Committee and Meeting Block.
Please open pdf for Statement of Alleged Violation and Exhibits.
That the Legislature of the State of Florida is convened in Special Session at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, the 5th day of January, 2009, for a period of 12 days, ending at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, the 16th day of January, 2009.
During these challenging times, our focus for the 2009 Session must be on Florida’s economic recovery, the adoption of a responsible balanced budget, and the streamlining of the overly demanding regulatory system.
Members, based on a careful review of the status of the 2008-09 state budget, and after consultation with Governor Crist's office, we have concluded that it is in the best financial interests of the state that we convene in a special session from January 5 through January 16.
Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Ray Sansom, R-Destin, today announced the representatives who will chair councils and committees during the 2009 legislative session.
Members, as your new Speaker, I am pleased to advise you of key staff appointments I have made to Councils, Committees, and offices in the House.
Announcement of staff appointments for the Speaker’s Office.
Florida House of Representatives Speaker-designate Rep. Ray Sansom, R-Destin, today announced he will appoint Bob Ward as Clerk of the House and Earnest W. Sumner as Sergeant at Arms for the House. The appointments are for a two year term.