Politics

Joe Negron to Head Senate Health-Care Review, Garrett Richter to Oversee Gaming

By: Jim Turner | Posted: November 28, 2012 3:00 PM

Garrett Richter and Joe Negron

Senators Garrett Richter and Joe Negron

Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who has headed past legislative efforts on Medicaid reform in Florida, will lead the Senate committee looking into the federal health-care law, while Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples will chair the gaming committee.

The gaming committee, expected to be a two-year endeavor following last year’s high-profile fight over the establishment of a statewide gaming commission and casinos, has its first meeting Monday afternoon as the first legislative committee weeks get under way.

Meanwhile, Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, also offered five Democrats committee chair or vice chair positions as he rounded out the appointments Wednesday.

Gaetz, in setting the committee positions for the 2013 session, noted that “each senator’s subject areas of expertise and interests were considered” and that he took input from Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Oakland Park, to set the appointments.

“As you know, nearly 40 percent of the body is comprised of new senators. Additionally, the entire Senate has turned over since 2006. We are fresh off redistricting, with 40 brand new Senate districts and even returning senators may represent new constituents and different areas of the state,” Gaetz stated in a release.

“As I indicated in my remarks during the organization session last week, this combination of factors is conducive to taking a look at all areas of the budget.

“My goal is to ensure that all senators, new and returning, understand what is included in the base budget so that each senator can be equipped with the information necessary to make decisions on what should be funded moving forward. I am confident these appropriations assignments will allow all senators to participate in a meaningful way with the preparation and finalization of funding priorities at the subcommittee level.”

Gaetz announced his leadership team on Monday, with Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, to serve as majority leader and Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, the deputy leader and whip.

The following committee appointment list is sorted by senator:

Joseph Abruzzo


    Joint Legislative Auditing Committee; alt. chair    
    Commerce and Tourism; vice chair    
    Communications, Energy and Public Utilities        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax        
    Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security        
    Environmental Preservation and Conservation; vice chair.   

Thad Altman

    Joint Administrative Procedures Committee       
    Criminal Justice       
    Children, Families, and Elder Affairs       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax       
    Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security; chair   
    Environmental Preservation and Conservation.       

Aaron Bean

    Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act       
    Commerce and Tourism       
    Communications, Energy and Public Utilities       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services       
    Health Policy; chair   
    Governmental Oversight and Accountability       
    Appropriations.       

Lizbeth Benacquisto

    Gaming       
    Ethics and Elections       
    Education       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services       
    Banking and Insurance       
    Rules       
    Governmental Oversight and Accountability       
    Appropriations; vice chair.   


Rob Bradley

    Joint Legislative Auditing Committee       
    Criminal Justice       
    Judiciary       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; chair   
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government       
    Community Affairs       
    Governmental Oversight and Accountability       
    Appropriations.       

"Jeff" Brandes

    Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act       
    Agriculture       
    Education       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax       
    Health Policy       
    Transportation; chair.   

Oscar Braynon

    Gaming       
    Ethics and Elections       
    Children, Families, and Elder Affairs       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government       
    Health Policy       
    Regulated Industries; vice chair.   

Dwight Bullard

    Joint Administrative Procedures Committee       
    Agriculture; vice chair   
    Education       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government       
    Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security       
    Environmental Preservation and Conservation.       

Jeff Clemens

    Gaming       
    Ethics and Elections       
    Children, Families, and Elder Affairs       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax       
    Banking and Insurance; vice chair   
    Transportation.       

Charlie Dean

    Gaming       
    Criminal Justice       
    Children, Families, and Elder Affairs       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government       
    Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security       
    Environmental Preservation and Conservation; chair.   

Nancy Detert

    Joint Administrative Procedures Committee       
    Commerce and Tourism; chair   
    Children, Families, and Elder Affairs       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education       
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government       
    Banking and Insurance       
    Regulated Industries.       

Miguel Diaz de la Portilla

    Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight        
    Ethics and Elections        
    Children, Families, and Elder Affairs        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax        
    Banking and Insurance        
    Rules        
    Transportation.        

Greg Evers

    Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight        
    Criminal Justice; chair    
    Communications, Energy and Public Utilities        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax        
    Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security        
    Transportation.        

Anitere Flores

    Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act        
    Ethics and Elections        
    Communications, Energy and Public Utilities; chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; vice chair    
    Health Policy        
    Regulated Industries.        

Bill Galvano

    Gaming        
    Agriculture        
    Education        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services        
    Health Policy        
    Rules        
    Regulated Industries        
    Appropriations.        

Rene Garcia

    Joint Administrative Procedures Committee; alt. chair    
    Agriculture        
    Communications, Energy and Public Utilities; vice chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services        
    Health Policy        
    Transportation.        

Andy Gardiner

    Gaming        
    Ethics and Elections        
    Judiciary        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax        
    Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security        
    Rules        
    Environmental Preservation and Conservation        
    Appropriations        
    Joint Legislative Budget Commission.        

Audrey Gibson

    Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act        
    Criminal Justice        
    Communications, Energy and Public Utilities        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services        
    Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security; vice chair    
    Regulated Industries.        

Denise Grimsley

    Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act        
    Agriculture        
    Children, Families, and Elder Affairs        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; chair    
    Health Policy        
    Environmental Preservation and Conservation        
    Appropriations.       

Alan Hays

    Joint Legislative Auditing Committee        
    Commerce and Tourism        
    Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; vice chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; chair    
    Banking and Insurance        
    Governmental Oversight and Accountability; vice chair    
    Appropriations        
    Joint Legislative Budget Commission.        

Dorothy Hukill

    Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight        
    Commerce and Tourism        
    Communications, Energy and Public Utilities        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax; chair    
    Community Affairs        
    Governmental Oversight and Accountability        
    Appropriations.        

Arthenia Joyner

    Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight; alt. chair    
    Ethics and Elections        
    Judiciary        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; vice chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government        
    Health Policy        
    Transportation.        

Jack Latvala

    Gaming        
    Ethics and Elections; chair    
    Judiciary        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government        
    Community Affairs        
    Rules        
    Environmental Preservation and Conservation        
    Appropriations.        

Tom Lee

    Gaming        
    Ethics and Elections        
    Judiciary; chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services        
    Banking and Insurance        
    Rules        
    Transportation.        

John Legg

    Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act        
    Ethics and Elections        
    Education; chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government        
    Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security        
    Regulated Industries.        

Gwen Margolis

    Gaming        
    Commerce and Tourism        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; vice chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax        
    Banking and Insurance        
    Rules        
    Transportation; vice chair    
    Appropriations        
    Joint Legislative Budget Commission.       

William Montford

    Gaming        
    Agriculture; chair    
    Education; vice chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; vice chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services        
    Banking and Insurance        
    Rules        
    Governmental Oversight and Accountability        
    Appropriations.        

Joe Negron

    Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; chair    
    Banking and Insurance        
    Rules        
    Appropriations; chair    
    Joint Legislative Budget Commission; alt. chair.    

Garrett Richter

    Gaming; chair    
    Commerce and Tourism        
    Judiciary        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services        
    Banking and Insurance        
    Rules        
    Transportation        
    Appropriations        
    Joint Legislative Budget Commission.        

Jeremy Ring

    Joint Legislative Auditing Committee        
    Commerce and Tourism        
    Judiciary        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax; vice chair    
    Banking and Insurance        
    Rules        
    Governmental Oversight and Accountability; chair    
    Appropriations.        

Maria Sachs

    Gaming; vice chair    
    Agriculture        
    Education        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax        
    Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security        
    Regulated Industries.        

David Simmons

    Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act        
    Criminal Justice        
    Education        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax        
    Banking and Insurance; chair    
    Rules        
    Governmental Oversight and Accountability.        

Wilton Simpson

    Joint Legislative Auditing Committee        
    Commerce and Tourism        
    Communications, Energy and Public Utilities        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government        
    Community Affairs; chair    
    Environmental Preservation and Conservation.       

Chris Smith


    Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act        
    Criminal Justice; vice chair    
    Communications, Energy and Public Utilities        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services        
    Community Affairs        
    Rules; vice chair    
    Governmental Oversight and Accountability        
    Appropriations        
    Joint Legislative Budget Commission.       

Eleanor Sobel

    Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; vice chair    
    Ethics and Elections; vice chair    
    Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services        
    Health Policy; vice chair    
    Rules        
    Regulated Industries        
    Appropriations.        

Darren Soto

    Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act        
    Ethics and Elections        
    Judiciary; vice chair    
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government        
    Community Affairs        
    Environmental Preservation and Conservation.        

Kelli Stargel

    Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight        
    Commerce and Tourism        
    Education        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government        
    Community Affairs        
    Regulated Industries; chair.    

Geraldine Thompson

    Joint Administrative Procedures Committee        
    Commerce and Tourism        
    Children, Families, and Elder Affairs        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; vice chair    
    Community Affairs; vice chair    
    Transportation.        

John Thrasher

    Gaming        
    Ethics and Elections        
    Judiciary        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Education        
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services        
    Community Affairs        
    Rules; chair    
    Regulated Industries        
    Appropriations        
    Joint Legislative Budget Commission.        



Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.



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