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House Speaker Names Irma Select Committe

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is appointing a select committee to study Hurricane Irma response and disaster preparedness. 

The Land O’ Lakes Republican says everything from gasoline reserves to hardening the electrical grid is on the table.

High on the list, Corcoran says, will be a response to the heat-related deaths of eight Broward County nursing home residents.

“Maybe it’s stiffer penalties for non-compliance. Maybe it’s more transparency. There’s a lot of ways that we can move towards protecting the health, welfare and safety of our citizens and we’re going to do that in the most results-driven way and we’re going to see what that looks like.”

In a move certain to increase tensions in an election year, Corcoran is also asking all lawmakers to forego individual member projects and direct all discretionary spending to hurricane recovery and mitigation.

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.