Sunburn – The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics – 11.21.16 – Florida Politics (blog)
Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
Tomorrow is Organization Session day for the new Florida Legislature.
The event is required by the state constitution, which says that “on the fourteenth day following each general election the legislature shall convene for the exclusive purpose of organization and selection of officers.”
Thus, the job at hand will be to drop the “-designate” from the titles, as the Senate will formally make Joe Negron its President, and the House will similarly name Richard Corcoran its Speaker.
Speeches will be given, legislators sworn in, assignments doled out. Mainly, it will be the first opportunity to gaze out over a different sea of faces in each chamber.
Old ones will be missed, and new ones will be welcomed. The House now has 46 new members and the upper chamber greets new 20 senators.
But state Rep. Matt Gaetz, for example, is off to Congress, and no longer will be heard his refrain — “I reject the premise of your question” — on the (state) House floor.
Across the 4th floor, Sen. Alan Hays said ‘so long’ to his colleagues to become Lake County’s elections supervisor. We likely will never again see him, as we once did, hold up his grandbaby on the Senate floor like Rafiki did to Simba in “The Lion King.”
Some just changed sides of the Rotunda: Thad Altman and Joe Abruzzo had been senators but were elected to House seats (which kind of makes you question the whole nature of ‘term limits’). Darryl Rouson, a St. Pete House rep, ran for Senate and won.
Others learned the lesson of ‘try, try again,’ like Sean Shaw. He’s the Tampa Democrat who ran and