Tallahassee, Fla.–The Florida House of Representatives today unanimously passed CS/HB 7069 relating to education accountability. The bill is a comprehensive approach to addressing education system.
Tallahassee, Fla.–The Florida House of Representatives today passed CS/HB 7013 relating to adoptions and foster care. The bill creates a program to advance the permanency, stability, and well-being of children in the child welfare system.
Tallahassee, Fla.–The Florida House of Representatives today passed HB 7035 which sets the date for the Presidential Preference Primary as the third Tuesday in March in each presidential election year.
“With the passage of HB 7035, Chair Workman has maximized the impact Florida voters will have on selecting the Republican and Democrat presidential nominees in 2016,” said House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island). “I applaud his work on this good piece of legislation.”
Tallahassee, Fla.–The Florida House of Representatives today passed CS/HB 7003 relating to water resources. The bill is a comprehensive approach to addressing Florida’s water policy initiatives.
“I applaud Chair Caldwell on the passage of the House’s bipartisan water policy legislation,” said House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island). “Water is one of Florida’s most precious resources. Addressing our state’s water challenges is not an issue that can be fully addressed in one legislative session, but our bill lays a solid foundation for future efforts to strengthen Florida’s critical water resources.”
“With the passage of this bill today, the House has taken a long-term, comprehensive approach toward solving the water quality and supply challenges facing our entire state, rather than just focusing on the problems of any one particular region,” said State Representative Matt Caldwell (R-North Fort Myers), Chairman of the State Affairs Committee and sponsor of HB 7003. “Our bill modernizes existing water policies and provides scientifically sound, responsible solutions to protect the health of our waterways and develop greater, reliable access to clean water for Floridians.”
For Immediate Release:
March 3rd, 2015
Contact: Michael Williams
Speaker Crisafulli’s Opening Day Remarks
Before we convene in Joint Session and bring back Governor Scott to hear his State of the State Address, I want to outline what you can expect to see the House work on over the next sixty days.
First, however, I want to thank our families for being here. Our families are what keep us focused on getting the job done during our time here. The love and support of Kristen and our girls keeps me going each and every day, and I know the same is true for each of you and your own families.
As directed by the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee (Committee), the random selection of legislative and executive branch lobbying firms whose 2014 quarterly compensation reports will be audited, in accordance with s. 11.40(3), F.S., has been scheduled.
Date and Time:
Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 3:30 p.m., until completion
Claude Pepper Building; 111 West Madison Street, Tallahassee, FL
Room G- 01; Auditor General Classroom
(Note: Enter building through the Madison Street entrance and sign in at security desk; the classroom is past the elevators on the right.)
Tallahassee – Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) today announced their joint priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session, including tax relief, development of a sustainable water and natural resources policy, and increased education and employment options for people with disabilities on their list of “Work Plan 2015” shared initiatives. The presiding officers also outlined an effort to promote adoption of eligible children in foster care and emphasized a number of education initiatives designed to increase the state’s investment in schools while strengthening the accountability of Florida’s K-12 and higher education systems.
Tallahassee, Fla.–Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) today released the following statement regarding the inauguration of Governor Rick Scott, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.
Tallahassee, Fla.–Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) today released the following statement regarding estimates from the December General Revenue Estimating Conference.
Tallahassee, Fla.- House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) today announced the subcommittee chairmen and committee appointments for the 2015 legislative term.
To: Members of the Florida House of Representatives
From: Steve Crisafulli, Speaker
Date: December 1, 2014
Re: Committee Chairmen
Pursuant to House Rules 7.2 and 7.5, please find attached the list of committee and appropriations subcommittee chairmen for the upcoming Legislative Session.
As I said in my remarks during Organization Session, one of our goals over the next two years is to continue to strengthen the great brand of Florida. The brand that marks this House is that every word, action, thought, and deed is all about Florida. I believe the individuals I have appointed to these leadership positions will truly put Floridians first.
I have every confidence these committee and appropriations subcommittee chairs will do a great job steering policy and budgetary matters through the House, and I look forward to beginning our work next month during the January committee weeks.
Members -- The election is finally over, and we can begin the serious process of governing anew.
Tallahassee, FL – House Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) today announced his choice of Representative Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) to serve as Deputy Majority Leader and Whip for the 2014-2016 Legislative Term.
Tallahassee, FL – House Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) today announced that he has chosen Representative Matt Hudson (R-Naples) as his nominee for Speaker pro tempore, and has appointed Representative Dana Young (R-Tampa) as House Majority Leader, Representative Ritch Workman (R-Melbourne) as Chairman of the Rules & Calendar Committee, and Representative Richard Corcoran (R-Trinity) as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
Please be advised that Speaker-designate Steve Crisafulli has authorized the schedule for interim
committee meetings as follows:
Top legislative leaders today spoke out in opposition to the lawsuit announcement by the Florida School Boards Association and others challenging the merits of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
The Florida Legislature today passed SB 2A, relating to the Establishment of Congressional Districts. Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) released the following statement on the passage of the revised congressional map.
In response to the rulings issued by Judge Lewis on July 10, 2014, and August 1, 2014, the Florida Legislature has decided to produce a Congressional map to address the Court’s limited concerns. Accordingly, the House and Senate have agreed to call ourselves into special session on Thursday, August 7, 2014, for the sole purpose of passing a Congressional map.
Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) today issued the following joint statement regarding the recent court decision issued by Judge Terry Lewis on the Florida Congressional map.
Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) today reappointed Chris Gardner to the Board of Governors for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Gardner’s reappointment is effective today for a three-year term.