Is Speaker Larry Cretul rearranging the (Florida) House?
A little-known fact about the Florida House of Representatives: Members' committee assignments are technically for one year - not two. They will expire Aug. 1, and all members are being asked to re-state their preferences on this form. The provision has been in the House rules for a number of years, and previous speakers did not make wholesale changes to councils and committees. But this time could be a little bit different, because House Speaker Larry Cretul replaced the embattled Ray Sansom before last session, and he has said he is contemplating changes.
"As you know, Speaker Cretul didn't create the councils or the committees, nor did he make the appointments," Cretul's spokeswoman, Jill Chamberlin, wrote in an e-mail. "In the meantime, members have had a year to participate, and this opportunity enables them to register their interests and levels of satisfaction with their assignments. It's a common-sense exercise."
Chamberlin says there's nothing to a story making the rounds that Cretul will replace budget co-chairmen David Rivera and Marcelo Llorente with a single lawmaker, Rep. Dean Cannon. "No decisions have been made," she said. (Unsolicited suggestion: Cretul might start by re-establishing the Ethics and Elections Committee, which Sansom disbanded. Can the House benefit from some talk about ethics? Ya think?)