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Senate Leaders Gear Up For Committees

Senate President Don Gaetz said he hopes the bills he sees as a priority this year will make it through the Senate. But he said he plans to get that done by making solid arguments, not just by relying on his new position of power.

Gaetz met with the Senate Committee chairs Tuesday to lay out a plan for the coming session. The new Senate President laid down the law, reminding committee members, under Senate rules, more than two unexcused absences from their committee would mean getting kicked out of the group. And he told leaders to pass only the good bills.

“Don’t say, well this bill is a work in progress. This bill has a lot of problems and we’re going to let the next committee chair fix it up the line,” Gaetz said.

Gaetz also discouraged committee leaders from accepting late filed amendments and said he hoped committees could meet on a regular and predictable schedule.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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