Florida state Sen. Dorothy Hukill undergoing treatment for cancer
Newly reelected state Sen. Dorothy Hukill was the only senator not in attendance for Tuesday's organizational session of the 2016-18 term.
But she has a very justifiable reason for her excused absence.
The Port Orange Republican was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer and is undergoing treatment.
In a letter to new Florida Senate President Joe Negron, she said: "I am fortunate that it has been diagnosed in the early stages and my medical team advises that my prognosis for full recovery is good."
During Tuesday's session, Negron acknowledged Hukill's "health challenge." He said Hukill is expected back in Tallahassee in early December for the Legislature's first committee week preceding the 2017 session.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with her," Negron said.
Hukill -- who represents parts of Volusia and Brevard counties -- has been in the Florida Senate since 2012 and, before that, served in the Florida House for eight years.