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 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.  
 House Speaker Marco Rubio today announced the appointment of 13-members to a newly created House Select Committee on Autism and Developmental Disorders. Rubio named State Rep. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, to chair the committee. Rubio said the Committee should submit its initial recommendations within one week of its April 8th first meeting.  
 House Policy and Budget Council Chair Ray Sansom and House Speaker Marco Rubio today, March 31, issued the following summary of the Council’s proposed 2008-09 budget bill:  
 The Florida House and Senate today approved a resolution expressing profound regret for the involuntary servitude of Africans and called for reconciliation among all Floridians.  
 Consultants hired by House Speaker Marco Rubio in February to conduct a due diligence review of the Local Government Investment Pool managed by the State Board of Administration have issued their report, urging the Legislature to consider 16 recommendations for actions to restore public confidence in the Pool.  
 As we approach this year’s legislative session, I want to share with you the House’s legislative priorities and let you know the issues on which I anticipate the House devoting much of its time this year.  
 In accordance with Rule 16.2(e), I hereby create the Select Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.  
 In accordance with Rule 7.6, I hereby create a Select Committee on Condominium & Homeowners Association Governance. The Select Committee is authorized to exercise all powers available under the Rules of the House. The Committee is authorized to take any actions and make any recommendations consistent with its powers prior to the start of the 2008 Regular Session.  
 It is my intention to hold an additional round of council meetings during the week of February 11. This will be in addition to the council and committee meetings already scheduled in February.  
 We, Ken Pruitt, President of the Florida Senate, and Marco Rubio, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, by virtue of the authority vested in us by Article III, Section 3(c)(2), Florida Constitution, and Section 11.011, Florida Statutes, do hereby proclaim  
 The initial purpose of this Special Session was to consider legislation making adjustments to fiscal year 2007 -2008 appropriations; legislation providing for the redirection of trust fund revenues and balances to the General Revenue Fund; legislation making adjustments to user fees; legislation to conform Florida law to such adjustments and redirections; and legislation narrowing the definition of "municipality of special financial concern" created by Section 8 of Chapter 2007-321, Laws of Florida.  
 There are two issues which the Legislature has the opportunity to address in the coming weeks: property tax reform and mandatory auto insurance.  
 TO THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA SENATE AND THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: We, Ken Pruitt, President of the Florida Senate, and Marco Rubio, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, by virtue of the authority vested in us by Article III, Section 3(c)(2), Florida Constitution, and Section 11.011, Florida Statutes, do hereby proclaim:  
 We are pleased to inform you that significant progress has been made to establish a general framework for reducing state spending. Chairs Carlton and Sansom have informed us that we are ready to announce dates for a Special Session.  
 Florida House of Representatives Speaker Marco Rubio today announced new council and committee assignments for the 2007-08 year.  
 
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