DEP chief wins another round in Senate confirmation journey
Gov. Rick Scott's top environmental regulator moved a step closer to keeping his job Wednesday after a rigorous but successful confirmation hearing. The Senate Ethics & Elections Committee approved DEP Secretary Jon Steverson on a 7-2 vote, with Democrats Jeff Clemens and Geraldine Thompson voting no.
Steverson is one of a number of Scott agency heads who were not confirmed by the Senate in 2015, and they would lose their jobs if not confirmed by the full Senate in the current session. His confirmation now goes to the full Senate, where approval is considered likely.
Senators questioned Steverson on commercial activities in state parks, bidding on contracts, hydraulic fracking and hiring, and he staunchly defended his choice of Gary Clark as deputy secretary of state lands and parks.