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What senators really want



Senate President Ken Pruitt asked senators to fill out a survey listing their top 10 committee assignments. Most senators filled them out, but a few didn't (nothing from Nancy Argenziano, Lisa Carlton, Mandy Dawson, Alex Villalobos and Dan Webster).

Here's what is, and is not, on top of some senators'  wish lists.

Tellingly, not one senator listed the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee as a top priority, and many did not list it among the top 10.

Rudy Garcia, R-Hialeah, who chaired Banking & Insurance in the last cycle, listed that as his rock-bottom, No. 10 priority. (Garcia's No. 1 request was the Education Appropriations Committee).

Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, expected to head the Banking & Insurance Committee, listed Ethics & Elections as his No. 1 priority (he chaired that committee from 2004-2006).

Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey: Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations (he also chaired it the past two years).

Dennis Jones, R-Treasure Island: Regulated Industries. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa: Communications & Public Utilities. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg: Ethics & Elections. Victor Crist, R-Tampa: Justice Appropriations. Ronda Storms, R-Brandon: Ways and Means.

Alex Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami: Regulated Industries. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach: chair of Education Appropriations.

Gary Siplin, the Orlando Democrat who's appealing a felony conviction for grand theft, put down Justice Appropriations as his No. 1 choice. That's the committee that reviews budget requests for prosecutors, public defenders and judges. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:42am]


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