Last Call for 11.19.18 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics
Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.
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The prologue to Tuesday’s Organization Session happened Monday as caucuses in each chamber picked leadership for the 2019 and 2020 Legislative Sessions.
During a meeting of House Republicans, members unanimously nominated Jose Oliva as Majority Leader and MaryLynn Magar as Majority Leader pro tempore.
Because the GOP controls the chamber, that means Oliva will be House Speaker when the entire House meets Wednesday, and Magar will assume the Republican Leader role.
Over in the Senate, Audrey Gibson was named leader of that chamber’s Democrats. Her selection marks only the third time a woman will serve in the position, the second African American woman to do so, following Arthenia Joyner.
“The Democratic Caucus embraces a wide ethnic and regional diversity of individuals and communities. Our mission is to lift all voices. Our task is to recognize all of their concerns,” she said.
As to the actual Organization Session, the Senate