Rookie camp for freshman lawmakers
The familiar cycle of term limits will result in a 25-percent turnover of the Florida Legislature when it convenes next week for an organizational session and swears in its two new presiding officers. The 120-member House has 35 new members, and the 40-member Senate has seven, though all are former House members.
Miami-Dade has five newcomers in the House, the most of any county. Four others are from districts that touch Duval County. New House members include Dwight Bullard, son of Sen. Larcenia Bullard of Miami; Kelli Stargel, wife of former Rep. John Stargel of Lakeland; and Debbie Mayfield, widow of the late Rep. Stan Mayfield. Former Rep. James Bush III is returning to the House from a Miami district. The House has two Robersons (Yolly and freshman Ken), two Williamses (Trudi and freshman Alan) and two Taylors (Priscilla and freshman Dwayne).
The House freshmen will attend three days of orientation in the Capitol starting Wednesday. Sessions include how a bill becomes a law, voting and voting conflicts, ethics and gift laws, working with the press, and working with lobbyists. See the full agenda here.