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Scott Appoints 16 Without Confirmation

Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Not all of the political warfare in the Capitol is between the House and Senate. Gov. Rick Scott fired a shot over the bow of Senate President Andy Gardiner today, reappointing 16 agency heads who weren’t confirmed.

Scott’s appointments last only a year and include Department of Health Secretary John Armstrong. A committee tabled his confirmation when he expressed no opinion about Scott’s opposition to expanding Medicaid.

The list also includes the new head of the Department of Corrections, Julie Jones and Mike Carroll, the head of the troubled Department of Children and Families.

Also reappointed: Jon Sterverson, the new Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. He also requires Cabinet approval.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.