Cretul shuffles committee assignments
Soon-to-be-new House Speaker Larry Cretul shifted committee assignments this morning, elevating Miami Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera to Majority Whip while stripping him of prized assignments like Finance and Tax, where Miami Rep and Spekaer-hopeful Erik Fresen replaaces him.
Hialeah Rep. Steve Bovo, closely tied to Miami Children's and Jackson Memorial hospitals, no longer sits on Health Appropriations. He has been shifted to Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations.
Future Speaker Dean Cannon of Winter Park will chair the new Select Policy Council on Strategic and Economic Planning. Why all the moves? Cretul didn't say. If anything, though, it might send a message to the state Senate, where some have been wondering who's in charge in the House.
-- MARC CAPUTO