Secretary of State

Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) talks Medicaid expansion plans
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Florida could see the position of Secretary of State turn from an appointed position to an elected one. A Fernandina Beach lawmaker filed legislation filed this session to do just that.

The Senate has signed off on a new chief elections officer for Florida. Lynn Hatter reports Ken Detzner has been confirmed as the new Secretary of State.

Ken Detzner previously served as the first appointed Secretary of State under former Governor Jeb Bush. During his Senate confirmation hearing, he told members of the Ethics and rules panel that he has three priorities:

Governor Rick Scott has chosen Florida’s new elections chief. As Sascha Cordner reports, Scott tapped Tallahassee insider Ken Detzner to replace retiring Secretary of State Kurt Browning.

Scott says he has every bit of confidence in Ken Detzner, a man who’s already had a short stint as a former Secretary of State under former Governor Jeb Bush.

Florida’s Secretary of State who’s been vigorously defending the state’s controversial new election law officially resigning Wednesday. As Sascha Cordner reports, this is actually Kurt Browning’s second time leaving the post. He originally left the position when serving under Governor Charlie Crist.

Following a meeting with Governor Rick Scott, Browning confirmed he was stepping down as Florida’s elections chief. Browning was adamant that Scott did not force his resignation and says he told the Governor he wanted to leave to be with his family in Pasco County.